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Due to dietary requirements I need a cooler type backpack that I can bring a whole days worth of food each day with ice. I have not been able to find any locally to try on, and I need some information about selecting a pack comfortable for all day pavement pounding.
I have a few special problems, the first is I have bad disks in my lower back. I would like to be able to keep the weight off my shoulders to some extent. Not being familiar with backpacking at all, I imagine some kind of waist support is necessary, which brings us to a rather delicate problem- I have no.. um, backside. It's bad enough that when wearing a beltpack I have to include suspenders, because no amount of tightness will keep if from sliding over my non-existant hips and backside.
I don't want some plate filled "picknic" pack either, I want a real, serious backpack, I just want it to be comfortable to wear all day. How in the world I pick something like that online without being able to try them on is what I really need help with.
What features should I look for for comfort and support? For my particular physiology? Any "good" brands for lower back/no hips? Frame/No Frame?
Worst case I can construct a cooler pack out of a standard pack (last resort), so any advice welcome. I also welcome pointers to good full cooler pack products to check.