After much tinkering with my gear list, I tried out the REI Flash pack for an overnighter in the Whites of NH last weekend.
Here's what happened...this is the pack fully loaded but not cinched, and it weighed in at 14 lbs. I took a crossword puzzle, my digital camera, a video IPod...all luxuries I could have done without.
I hiked 3 miles and set up camp...
I then took a nice easy 11 mile loop in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. After coming to this, the last standing tressel in the wilderness areas of NH
...I crossed this bridge which I love.
The next day, I did close to 24 miles, by far the most I've ever been able to do in a day. I travelled above treeline, was on the AT, and got great views of Mt. Washington, and saw many of the NH 4000' peaks.
I arrived back at the trailhead after 11 hours of hiking, just after dark. It was a ton of fun, and I was really happy with how the pack fared.
To do it over again, I would forget the GG pad, as I underestimated how warm it would be (45 or so) at night, and it was overkill. I would also have left a pair of sleeping socks and a freeze-dried meal at home...not due to weight but due to the amount of space it took up in the pack. Overall, I was happy with the pack and the trip.