heckdog wrote:So I just got done with a big trip in the Grand Canyon.......now I am inspired to lighten my load. I am interested in a pack that is big enough for max 3-4 day trip (the longest I can reasonably be away from the family). I looked at some of the ultralight stuff at gossamergear.com and at the GoLite stuff, and frankly it just seems cheaply made. So what are your recommendations for size? What would you all see as a resonable weight for a semi-durable light pack? Any specific recommendations?
The main question to ask if how much does your gear way sans food and water?
If you are looking for a more traditional pack (support that is still light, check out the ULA packs:http://www.ula-equipment.com/circuit.htm
I chose the Circuit because I personally feel that ~3500 CI is great for the average weekend backpacker (and more than adequate as you backpack more).
At only 2 lbs, it is pretty light and is full featured. It is one of the few lightweight packs with a traditional suspension system.
GoLite also makes similar "happy medium" packs, but they are little more expensive and weigh more.