Charlie, I don't believe what?
I never said Mchale wouldn't be a good choice. They are excellent packs.
What I said was, and I quote, "Except Mystery Ranch that are equal in quality and carrying ability. Heck, their external designs are for carrying well over 100 lbs ( yuck!)."
There is nothing in this statement that is incorrect. I felt the quality was equal, both excellent, and better than off the rack packs currently available. The MR NICE frame, an external design, was developed for hauling over 100 lb loads.
Then I said, "I just wanted to be clear that one not need to buy a full dyneema pack that costs $1200 to have high quality load hauler. The benefit of a Mchale is that you get the fabrics and options that YOU want. It is definitely appealing. "
Why wouldn't I believe this statement? Rakish mentions to look at a full dyneema Mchale, which isn't necessary to get the inherent goodness of the pack. My Mchale packs were not full dyneema, hauled great, and were durable...and considerably less money. I hope the goofball who stole mine rots in hell but I digress.