I am looking for recommendations for a mid size, durable, and shoulder friendly pack. I broke my clavicle some years ago and find my current pack (BD speed 30) no longer transfers weight to my hips and any walking even with a moderate weight leaves my right shoulder (trapezius and pec minor) incredibly tight which then flares up a recurring anterior shoulder pain.
- around 40ish litres.
- suitable for summer and winter (ice axe straps etc)
- preferably something that will last more than a few years
- decent hip belt and comfy shoulder straps with light to moderate loads
- willing to have not the lightest pack in order to have more durability and better carry support
I have been thinking to get an Aiguille Alpine pack but open to suggestions.
I have had the Ortovox trad 35 for a few years now, I love it. Unfortunately I don't get out climbing much these days due to work, but when I do, it handles everything I need nicely, no holes or broken straps or buckles so far. I find it super comfy on the shoulders and they do loads of variations if you want something more climbing/skiing focused etc. Im slim built but find the shoulder straps sit nicely with no pressure points, and hip belt is small enough not to annoy me, but big enough to give some support. I got mine on discount as they can be a bit pricey. Hope this helps, good luck.
Can't go wrong with Aiguille Alpine packs. I've the MidiSP 35L and the Midi 28L. Comfortable and tough. Great value.
As barbeg suggests - give them a ring and they'll customise for you.
Sounds like the op needs a smallish pack but with a proper weight bearing and shaped hip belt that might ordinarily live on a larger pack, thus taking the weight off the shoulders.
Not sure what that pack IS though...
I broke my collar bone last year and it healed with quite an overlap and a lump, shortening my shoulder span by about an inc on that sideh. My usual winter rucksack is a 2nd gen Blue Ice Warthog 40 that had a minimalist webbing hip strap.
First couple of times I went out with it afterwards I was aching quite a bit at the end of a day's walking, though climbing. was fine. Trawling around I found a Granite Gear aftermarket hip belt that I could use with the Warthog -I had to sew some 50mm Velcro to the Hip belt, but I can now wear it with one shoulder strap slackened off whenever I need to.
Wearing it like that reminded me of the old Karrimor Jaguars (Models 1, 5 and 7 IIRC, or any similar internal framed pack) that you could wear completely slackened off thanks to the padded hip belt and rigidity of the pack. So Ebay may well be worth searching .