"So Steve, are you telling me you sold me a pup?? ;>):
Hey, that's a nice pack!!! ;)
The Alpine is great, so was my Vapour Trail...but after I experienced hip belt pockets, I couldn't live without them. In the end, IMO, no pack is as comfortable as a GG with that suspension.
Rod, if you add hipbelt pockets, larger top lid and a front pocket, I'll buy it back from you. :)
Post some pics when you finish the mods...