~25L, stylish, simple backpack suggestions?
After some research for a backpack bigger than 22L and smaller than 30L, I bought the Fjällräven Vardag 25L backpack at $85 from Hudson’s Bay. Problem is, I developed pain and soreness in my shoulder and back after switching to this backpack. I’m carrying a 1.4kg laptop, 1 inch binder, pencil case, 480mL stainless steel bottle, lunch box, and a few tubes of hand cream. I’ve measured the weight and it’s 4-5kg including the backpack. I’ve adjusted the shoulder straps length so that it distributes weight evenly across the back and shoulders, but it doesn’t seem to change. If I adjust the straps so that the backpack sits even higher than my hips, then obviously my shoulders will start to hurt more. The only thing I can think of is the Fjallraven backpack having less padding/cushion on its straps compared to the Herschel.
Any recommendations on what I should do? Should I adjust the shoulder straps more? Any tips on how to adjust the straps? Should I return this backpack to Hudson’s Bay? I’ve noticed their return policy doesn’t specify it has to be brand new and unused, but the tags have to be attached. I’ve only used it for a day now.
I would be glad to take suggestions on another backpack to buy that’s:
- bigger than 22L, preferably around 24-25L
- stylish and fashionable, i.e. doesn’t look like a hiking bag
- simple compartments, I don’t need a million compartments
- less than ~$120 CAD
Thank you in advance for any advice.