Another shout-out to how easy Chris was to work with! I have had my pack for two summers and it looks brand new, and that is with a partial SHR cross country trip, a JMT hike, and some bushwhacking in Yosemite this summer, and several extended weekend excursions with it. The most I have carried in it was 25+ lbs at the start of my JMT hike last summer. It carried fine at that weight, but I wouldn't want to take it over 30 lbs, IMO. What I liked best is how Chris took the dimensions of my Bearikade Weekender and other positive traits of previous backpacks I'd owned, and tailored them to what I wanted in a pack. It is not a major load hauler, but it wasn't intended to be one as my weeklong kit has shrunk significantly over the years.
Jennifer- Enjoy that pack on the PCT! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip next summer!