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Tortuga Air 27 liter is a good bag, my friends have it.
A bit on the large side as a daily school bag but it could work, and it's big enough and can expand further to be a good short term travel bag. Bit pricier but good brand.
Though that might not be what you are looking for if you want something more like a good looking daily commute bag and not an all purpose bag. Incase has several good looking bags if you're looking for more of a daily bag.
Thanks for all the answers!
>I wouldn't buy a bag more expensive than the Surge.
Why is that?
About the surge:
I tried the surge yesterday and missed a real hip belt for longer walks (1h+).
The other parts of the bag were nicely designed though. I liked the overall design. I was wondering if it was possible to add a better hip belt easily.
About the north face overhaul 40:
Good hip belt (better than on surge) and well organized. About the same weight as the surge, for a bigger bag. No compression system.
About the tortuga:
>I would recommend those Tortuga bags, they are very well made, light and suitable for taking on business trip
I think you are talking about the tortuga air!. Otherwise, the tortuga outbreaker seems huge and a bit heavy for me (2.15kg). I like the design and features, but I'm concerned about its ugliness.
Did anyone tried to carry the tortuga air during 1h+ with about 8-9kg loaded?
Is it possible to add an hip belt on the tortuga air?
Are the hip belt good to distribute the weight (on the outbreaker 35)?
Any other suggestion to try out?
If I had to do a list, it would mostly be (in the backpack):
As I can use some of my long sleeves shirts as sweaters, I'm not sure that I a need additional sweater. It has always been a "trick" I used to reduce my bags weight/size.
I would like to buy a bag that I'm going to use for the next years and be able to use it for multiple things, not only use it as carry on travel backpack. Plus, I'll need some extra place to carry on gifts on my way back or food/water/sleep bag if needed (can be carried outside).
I just ordered a Tortuga Air from Amazon; not sure what you mean by "large", but it expands to hold another 8L (27L -> 35L): [link]
In the past, I've simply stored extra stuff in a second backpack or tote bag and used a carabiner (or two) to secure it to my daily; not as elegant, but pretty effective.
Another option might be to get a bigger backpack that you can fit your daily bag inside, and keep the bigger backpack by the door. When you're heading out, put the other compartments + your daily in the bigger backpack, and use that as your single thing. Or you could consider a system like The Osprey Farpoint 55 [link] which comes with a removable dayback.
Hope this helps!