I have a SMD Starlite on the way, no one sells them near me, so I had to order. My base wt can be as low as 10 lbs in very hot weather with no water filter, with a partner to share tent wt. Or as high as 15 in cooler weather by myself. Expected 3 season wt with 5 days food and 3L is about 29 lbs. I wanted the capability to carry a bit extra with the stays if I have to carry some of my kids load, so the starlite seemed to be perfect (as long as dont have too carry too much of kids load the first day with a full pack)
I have read it doesnt compress a lot, but my thought was to not compress my megalite, and put everything (tent, raingear, etc) in the pack instead of in mesh pockets if volume starts to be problem.
Does this sound like it will work OK for the Starlite? Guess I will know next week anyway.