Both packs look very nice. Diamond rip is a very nice touch. I know someone who is ready to purchase one of each already!
Any plans to add expandable zippered pockets on the outside of the hip belts? How about as an option (similar to GossamerGear semi-custom packs with a limited number of options). Easy to fetch Gu or energy bars, lip balm, bug dope, etc from the hip belt.
Sometimes I carry a med. sized fanny pack which I wear 180 deg backwards (i.e., in front of me) just for this purpose - makes it easy to grab small items (can even, if i want to, stow my SpinPonchoT there & grab it if the skies let loose without having to stop & get it from a pack pocket).
Expandable angled mesh or fabric water bottle pockets on the hip belt where the hip belt attaches to the pack bag might be a nice feature. Everyone can fetch a 1L "Cantene" or "Platy" from that location without needing to be double-jointed. This feature could be an option also.
[Note: I often add 'bungee keepers' to this location, or a combo of bungee & velcro. On some packs I simply sew them on to the heavier mat'l connecting the waist belt to the pack bag. On some others (GG G5), I simply "loop" the "keepers" around the lower end of the pack strap - this way I can slide them up the webbing portion of the strap to make undoing/redoing the velcro easier. I've also added similar bungee keepers, in some cases, above the sternum strap for more 0.5-1.0L water bottles. Obviously, when using a Platy Big Zip Hoser, or two, I don't carry this extra water in this way. When not using a hyd. bladder, this arrangement makes drinking very easy, so why not have it std, or an option, on the new packs? Sorry for the suggestions, it's the Engineer in me..but I really do like the look of your new packs and plan to obtain them when they are available - even if they don't implement any of the suggested 'options'.]
Please, don't keep us waitin' too long for the real thing!
Many thanks for posting the pics.
BTW, my GG G5 pack fits me exactly like the Rapture pack fits Dr. J in the photo. For a "3-day" excursion (under 18 lbs to start with all food & water) I find the pack "all-day" comfortable. That is, the straps head straight back to the pack bag like in the Rapture photo. There is little weight on the tops of my traps - sort of a "load lifter" effect. So I think that Rapture should prob. be comfortable also even with the straps in that position as long as the waist belt is supportive enough & the v-frame doesn't collapse any (it holds up well w/no apparent collapse in the G5).
Speaking of the waist belt, let me pass this tip onto any who have a G4, G5, or Mariposa pack. I fill the G5's waist belt with gauze & bandages, etc in zip-locks. This forms a well-padded, supportive waist belt which carries nearly all of the pack wt. I place all of the soft items from my Med./Rx Kit in ziplocks in the waist belt & shoulder straps. Gauze & bandages are soft & make good padding, plus it's rare that I need them (hope I never need them!!). So, I don't need to 'unpack' them as I would if I put my gloves or sleeping socks in them.