"I think it's kind of funny that the purpose of arcing the top of the pack was to cut down on branch snags, yet there's two metal bars sticking straight up far beyond the shoulders."
I was thinking the exact same thing, Matt. I guess you could just take a hack saw to it, but it being titanium, it might be awefully hard to cut off. Also, there is no way to reach the side water bottle pockets without taking the pack off. A better spot would have been to put them at the top/side of the pack bag, like the old Gregory Wilderness externals had. Very interesting and has tons of potential, though. Hope they sell just the frame so we can all DIY our own pack bags and belts. Anyone else think that hip belt is way too padded for a light-weight oriented pack?