With retirement in my near future I have decided to take up a few activities that aren't expensive once the initial investment is taken care of. That brings me to backpacking. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where there is an endless supply of wonderful hikes near my home.
My goal is to do some overnight and longer hikes enjoying our great outdoors.
Years ago I tried backpacking and did OK but had a problem with finding a pack that fit me. It seems I'm in between a childs size and adults size. Knowing things have changed over the years I went and spent a couple hours at the local REI with a very knowledgeable gal that found a couple packs close but yet the should strap still rubs and pinches. She did a lot of different adjustments with the pack weighted with about 25 pounds to try to find one that works. She even took a small Gregory women's pack and changed out the shoulder straps to XS which helped but still not comfortable.
Has anyone encountered this and was there a way to correct the issue?
At least with REI there is a full refund available if I buy a pack and it doesn't work. Any suggestions?