I have been working on lightening my load and I am quite close to getting to 20 pounds or less on the base weight. I am still figuring out my sleeping options as I am in a hammock, but I am plans for a DIY underquilt that should lighten me up a little more.
What I have found as I work on reducing the weight and size of my gear is my back is just too big. Currently I have an REI Crestrail 70, which is a large so it is a 75 liter bag. It is comfy and will take a large amount of weight, but I have found I am running out of compression room as there really is not much in the bag. So the hunt is on. I need some advice on a few bags I have looked at in concerns to my current weight for both summer and winter. I would like to have just one bag and my 5 pounder has got to go. I figure I will probably need a 60 liter, I am not sure if my bulk with food will get into a 50L, just not there yet.
Here is my current summer list. As I mentioned I am still doing work so the weight can only go down. I do like carrying at least 2 liters of water so I have been averageing a total weight of about 35 ish with food. It is a not a great list but it is getting better.
So bag 1 is the favorite of everyone, the ULA Circuit. I think it will hold the weight. My main concern is the capacity of the inner portion. I have seen some mention that it is a bit small compared to some other packs.
Bag 2 is the Granite Gear Crown VC 60. This is small capacity that I have not but I am certain it is big enough for my winter kit too, which only really adds some clothes and a sleeping bag. I like the pack is light, not sure about the frame sheet thing or the lack of lid. But I can always add the line lock lid and still be under 3 pounds for the pack. Also no hip belt pockets, but I can add some out of tyvek I guess. Another concern is if it will fit. Since it does not adjust it either fits or does not.
Bag 3 is the Granite Gear Blaze AC 60. Another one I have heard good things about. It will haul a little more than the Crown I hear. Once again, as with the crown, no lid so internal or in the stretchy pockets only. No hip pockets either, again not a deal breaker.
Those are the lightest except for the GoLite Jams. But these are frameless and I just don't think I am there on weight yet. Let me know if I am in error here. I think I would have to do the 70 as the 50 may be slightly too small. I am just not sure here. I do LOVE the price of these though. So if they are an option I am certainly interested in them.
I have also looked at the Osprey Exos 58. I like the stow and go for the poles and the mesh back. Not sure it would be comfy with my weight though. Again I am just not sure so let me know what you guys think, the collective experience here is great.
I have plans to head to REI to check out some of the packs on the list. The ULA is not available to try on but everything I have heard, it is a nice pack. I am sure any of those will work and I am probably over-analayzing it lol. Anyway apprecieate any input.