Dude, this has to be one of the best write-ups/reviews I've read on this site so far. I also think it covers a very important topic. There are so many backpackers out there, like me, that just can't quite get down to the weight needed for a truly frameless or UL pack. I haven't tried the new zpacks frame pack yet, but I also like this idea of the single stay. I wish more companies produced packs that were truly designed to hold 30-35 lbs comfortably. Many of us in the northeast USA need a beefier pack made of slightly more durable material, and because many of us use lightweight tents like Big Agnes fly creek or sleeping bags instead of quilts, being able to carry the full 32 lbs on my back comfortably means a lot. I have found most packs that carry this weight to bottom out around 2 lbs 7 oz (Osprey Talon is my current pack... but there are many other brands around 2.5 to 2.8 lbs per pack, but they all struggle to carry a 35 lb load comfortably.) If more manufactureres could produce packs around 2 lbs that carried about 35 lbs comfortably, they'd be selling like crazy. Right now Osprey seems to have the lock on that market... I'd like to see some more options. Tell me what I'm missing if you have any other recommendations? Seems like the zpacks is also on the edge in terms of weight carried, right?
(Edited because I used the word tent where I meant to write pack :)