This probably isn't anything new to most of you, but I guess it just dawned on me, that with my kit so small and light now, I could easily use just about any old day pack or rucksack, for a couple of night trip, if I didn't need to haul too much water.
I know the weight thing means it's an extra pound or pound and a half and I'm just sort of kicking it around, but there are a lot of really cool rucksacks and daypacks on the market still and I've always liked the looks and toughness of them. You can toss them on the ground and don't have to worry about the fabric or net mesh ripping. I remember back in the early eighties, when I bough a Jansport Super Sack, so I could haul my skies in a pinch (the original ones were pretty well made). I always liked that pack and wished back then, that I could fit all my camping gear in one. Well, today, I could, but they quit making them and mine are all long gone.
I stumbled upon some old school rucksacks last night, researching packs. http://www.nextag.com/rucksacks/shop-html. I can't seem to find it now, but there was even on with sheep skin shoulder straps :).
I even packed up my old Camelback Mule with all my stuff and still had a little room for food. It just blows my mind how small and light gear has become. Most people wouldn't even know you were backpacking, these days.