After hiking for a few years, I am considering trading my old camp trails Denali external pack in for some type of internal frame pack. I have been to several outfitters and tried on several packs...including a Bora 95, DD Glacier, Gregory Palisade and the new version of the REI newstar.
Problem: All of these packs rubbed me raw on and around my shoulders!
On most of these packs the store associate and I adjusted everything to try to get a good fit...measured torso length (medium, borderline large), moved yokes around, etc. etc. Everything except try different shoulder harnesses.
So, I was wondering why I am having such a difficult time finding an internal frame pack that fits... How tight do internal frame users snug down the shoulder straps? I had to pull mine very taut in order to keep the pack from swaying on my back...no tighter than I recall running the straps on my external though. Also, would slimmer shoulder harnesses help? None of the salespeople were too enthused when I switched to this line of questioning. Any and all ideas at this point I would greatly appreciate!
Thanks in advance,