For winter backpacking, my wife and I were going to pick up Golite Odyssey packs when they are on sale, for the extra volume (around 5,000 cu. in.). Do you think cinched down with less weight this pack will be comfortable for day trips?
For day trips, which backcountry ski/snowshoe packs of at least 2,500 cu. in. would you recommend that can carry skis/snowshoes and a real metal-bladed shovel (real = respectable blade) without getting easily shredded, in addition to the Golite Quest (around 4,000 cu. in.) and Pursuit (around 3,000 cu. in.)?