I dont watch TV much, but this weekend i caught that National Geographic show where a group of people are hiking and boating through Alaska and all of them had HUGE packs, 80L perhaps more, and i just had to wonder.... What in the hell are in these packs. They all are supposed hardcore skilled outdoorsmen but they are cooking in insanely huge heavy frying pans. They arent carrying food either. My heavist winter pack weighs around 15 lbs, minus any food and water, and thats my all frills pack plus i am including both my fleece and synthetic jacket in the weight, which at least one, if not both, will be worn. I understand their needs are different then mine, and perhaps durability becomes more important thus more bulky and heavier...but still, i just cant imagine filling a 80L pack full of gear, no food, and having it bulging.
Am i becoming a snobby, self righteous gear snob?