Right now I'm rockin' a GG Nimbus Ozone unfortunately set on the lowest torso size--14 inches. Like it just fine (hipbelt could be less bulky...) but I would like to try out a frameless pack. My summer base weight is about 7 pounds without the pack. I have cut the pack itself down to 2.6 pounds, but would like to try a pack weighing closer to a pound.
After research, I am leaning towards making my own--but I'd rather not if I don't have to!
At this point, I have three main questions about available packs before I fully commit to planning to make my own.
1) Gossamer Gear's packs say they fit a range of torso sizes--small should fit sizes 12-16, I think, on most models. Since they're not adjustable (as I understand it), what does this mean practically? Does it mean they'll fit a 16 inch torso well, and the rest a little large? Or a 14 inch torso well perhaps--right in the middle?
2) MLD sells their Prophet in XS--a kids' size. Do any small people have experience with that size? Looks good, but I'm reluctant to shell out the $180 price tag. I would, however (after saving for a while :), if it was going to be just the right pack.
3) Can anyone with a torso size smaller than 15 inches comment on a frameless pack which fit them acceptably well in a 15 inch (small) size? (Golite, ULA, GG, MLD etc.)
Your help is much appreciated!