Right. Carried weight is a whole 'nother consideration.
I mean, I should be the LAST person to have this conversation anyways. On top of my 12lb base weight, I have at least 8lbs of camera gear. I'm the group photographer for my hiking crew AND my school's outdoors club, so if I'm not packin', it's as if the trip never happened...
I liked that article, Clayton. I took a few things out of it.
1: It really brought my attention to torso length, which I ignored until I bought the Gregory (I sized exactly in the middle for a medium).
2. It also reminded me of things like pack durability, which I don't weigh too heavily as of late, but I have in the past.
3. It makes me wish I had used the GoLite Jam as my scapegoat. *evil grin*
I think someone mentioned that a lot of users can get by with only one pack, and I agree. Like I said before, I suspect the Gregory Baltoro 65 might make me scoff in disgust at my $90 Boreas bag, but everyone needs something they can stuff and run with when it's local camping time.
And don't get me wrong, as a frameless pack the Boreas isn't bad. I've shouted it's praises before. Functionality-wise, it's a dream. The absolute perfect number of pockets in all the right places.