peter has owned 3 of Dana Glewason's packs, and they were all built nicely, and Dana himself seemed on several occasions a gracious individual.
they did not, none of them, on my body frame, carry more than 55#'s with any degree of abilty for the hip belt not cave and let everythign drop down onto my shoulders.
his design has some great features, like the bottom compartment folds up (carrys better that way too), and the zippered compartments on the back.
but, at over 6 pounds, and unable to carry more than about 50 pounds, what is all the rukus about ?
i am forever indebted to Dana for developing his Wet Rib, of which i have deconstructed and made (and worn out) two of my own creation. (he no longer sells them)
on the other hand ... my McHale pack carries with reasonable comfort, and one must understand what that means is that no one part hurts more than the rest, well over 90 pounds. the hit seems well spread over all of me.
i have toted 1/2 my bdoy mass, and it was not really all that terrible. humping that hard gets HOT though. that's the big issue.
Dan's packs really have no comparable challenger.
the LoadLifter/bypass desing is patented, and quite obviously the correct way to do things. the bayonet system is also years ahead of everybody else.
if i am going north for 2 months, it's already 9k worth of lost wages, whats the cost of the pack if it hurts me all the time ? for what it does, McHale's packs are quite reasonable. and not to forget, it's not the total cost, it's the delta between it and something else that works not as well.