I'm looking for some pack advice.
I have a GoLite Peak that I really like -- fits me and my gear well -- except when I have a dry camp and need to carry extra water. My typical total pack weight is 21-22 lb which the Peak handles really well but extra water can push that up to 30 lb. It's usually only maybe a 6-hour stretch out of 4-5 days so I could just suck it up but I've been wondering if there's a better solution.
I saw a Talon 44 on the clearance table at REI and picked it up on a whim. It fits, feels comfortable and, based on reviews, should carry 30lb relatively well. But, wow, there sure is a LOT of pockets and buckles and loops and straps on that thing!
So, now, I'm wondering how the Jam would do. GoLite lists both packs as 30lb maximum -- are they essentially the same except for the volume?
By the way, I think my "suck it up" vs "buy another pack" line is in the $100-$125 range which probably rules out comparable ULA/GG/etc. packs.