I'm looking for a lighter alternative to my current pack, but I'm also trying to stay on the cheaper side of things.
My current 3 season gear includes
Helium long bag
Blue CCF pad
Super Cat stove
EMS glacier down vest (or 100wt fleece top)
socks (2-3 pairs)
Occasionally gaiters and sealskinz
Nalgene 3L bladder
Then the usual first aid, smallish knife, etc...
I don't think that I'll be able to do much >7 day stretches anytime soon. But I am looking for a pack that will fit all of that gear, be comfy (relative, I know) and a piece of gear that won't eat my pocket book. If there was enough additional room for me to have eventually fit winter gear, then that would be great as well.
Any thoughts, opinions?
BTW, the outfitters here aren't very well stocked. I've tried on an Osprey Kestrel 48, it felt great, and had some nice compression straps that go right over the side pockets, other than that, the ability to try on lighter packs is minimal at best.
Thanks in advance,