"Fortunately she went to the store and left me unsupervised,"
roflao.. congradulatins, you have an excellent one. oh, yes. perfect.
nice new pack Nick. and thank you for those fully detailed posts of what it's like dealing with Dan. that was my experience as well, but you wrote it up vastly better than i ever could have.
and also thank you for the weights, i have been sulking over the mass of my fully gigantic huge monstrous McHale CM series expedition pack for some time now. and that's because i'm a spoiled twit sometimes, now if i calc our numbers, i see that we are right where things ought to be weight/volume wise.
you can carry a buttload more than 30 silly pounds in that thing. with the bayo's up, and a top lid, you can carry enough (all of it actually) that if your lady does not want to, or is not capable of, packing, she can still go along for the stroll and have a wonderful time. it's quite a treat to be able to wander with somebody you like, and for them to not suffer (too much...). McHale's make that possible.
did we see a removable backpad ? those dear things are just the greatest device ever invented by (insert worshipped diety of choice). man oh man... the rip off and sit on it pad... the kneel by the river and do you wash pad, the fill in the hole under the tent pad, the place to put yer foot while you repair the other foot pad, what a cool cool cool thing.
the packs i have will support about 60 #'s directly on the hips sustained. the rest gets dumped onto the shoulders and chest. bayos', majic hipbelts, etc, it still pays to load them mass high and keep the load compact (polar moment of inertia thing).
that's a sweet pack Nick.