>> Don't mean to bang on this drum again, but if you are carrying 30 lbs you don't want a UL pack.
>> go to a store and try all the "name brand" lightweight packs you can ... most big names have fairly decent hipbelts
I've been thinking about these suggestions and spent a good part of yesterday trying on mainstream production packs. I tried to concentrate on women-specific packs but I have to say that ~40-liter women's packs were few and far in between. They all seemed to be >50 liters or <30 liters. And, even more frustrating, even when the pack does come in a women's version, the stores apparently rarely stock them. I was told, more than once, "It's just like this men's version... but made for women." Well, DUH, that's a no-brainer. But when I asked about the width/shape of the straps and the angle of the hipbelt... nobody seemed to know.
I'm having a women's Deuter ACT 40+10 (thanks, Ty, for the suggestion) and a Gregory Inyo 45 brought in to try on based on trying the men's versions/equivalents.
THEN, I came home and put on the Ohm again... and I have to say that there's something about the simple UL packs that I still really like. While the Deuter/Gregory packs felt so rigid and solid (which, I realize, translates to supportive), the Ohm feels really nimble. I really think that, given the choice, I would still prefer the Ohm with a "better" hipbelt.