Thanks for all the comments. Very helpful, sepecially the garantee info. Just like Gregory's garantee, which I've experienced. I plan to carry no more than 32 pounds with 7 days' food and 3 liters of water max. And that would only be the "first day weight".
I'll be adding REI side pockets just for the convienance of getting to my 1st aid kit, potty kit, Steripen, toilet kit, etc., not for carrying extra weight.
I think I'll add the Shoe Goo and see how it works.
BTW, I REALLY wish they would put a "cut-out" belt on it like teh Aether series has. Maye I'll do my own cut-out/mesh window on the EXOS. My shoe repair shop does wonders with my custom requests.