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Also important to note that CiloGear made changes based on feedback from that review (the review was for an older version). I have a new Cilogear pack and love it.
If they've improved on it that might be the perfect answer than. From the review it sounded like the pack put most of the weight on the shoulders and the hipbelt didn't do much. There was also a complaint about stitch quality in one review if I remember. If you think they've fixed it thats awesome because its close to what I need. How well do you think the Cilo gear packs carry weight? Remember I'm not looking for a mountaineering pack to haul technical gear, just something that can carry 40 pounds and be light and rugged.
Their 45L and up packs carry heavier weights really well once the pack is adjusted to you. FWIW, their smaller packs also carry weight better than many competing frameless packs, IMO.
With the weight requirement, it seems you need to look at a custom builder. Zimmerbuilt is one, Joe at Zpacks may also customize to your needs. And of course McHale. Just need a bit more dough for that choice. Good luck.
Yeah we'll see. There's no major hikes on the immediate horizon so I can wait a bit. I'm switching careers and next fall I might be in a position to spend a bit more money. I'm starting to think if I don't see anything amazing in the meantime I'll try and wait till than. Maybe by than we'll have more feedback on the HMG pack or I could just save for something custom.
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