"Speed 30: Garbage"
I respectfully disagree. I own a 2011 version of the Speed 30 pack and have used it exclusively on all of my winter & spring mountaineering trips here in Colorado without any of the issues that you have encountered. In fact, I will be taking this pack up Little Bear on Thursday followed by La Plata Saturday and Yale on Sunday. It is a great winter day pack. This will be my 2nd winter season with the pack, it currently has 27 winter 14er summits to its name and besides a few cosmetic marks, it is like new.
As for CCW, I agree, they are bomber packs-- I own both the Valdez and Chernobyl and highly recommend them as well as the customer service that Randy provides. I just wish that he did a smaller alpine pack in the 30L range, the Valdez at 40L is just too big for my needs unless I am overnighting for a couple of days.
Cilogear, great packs-- I have used their 30L packs with great success but would not pay full retail for them, their craftsmanship is also a little suspect. Look for a used one at a good price.
Overall I like my Speed 30, Valdez and Chernobyl-- you can't go wrong with either one in my opinion.