a.k.a. Mike D., Mike Davis
I've finally had to retire my Eureka Eiger pack. Although I was happy with this small midsized pack (3200), it had a few shortcomings that were annoying. The most annoying was that all the straps would loosen while on the trail. I kept having to retighten everything constantly about every half mile.
I've been looking into a replacement pack and have narrowed it down to two. The Acteryx Khamsin 52 or the Gregory Gravity. Both of these packs cost about 4 times what I paid for the Eureka pack. Are these packs worth the extra bucks? The Khamsin 52 is really sexy looking, but it doesn't seem to have a daisy chain, so how do you hang your snow shoes on it? Which of these packs has the best suspension system? Is there anything annoying about these packs? What other packs do you think are worth consideration?
Basically I'm looking for a comfortable pack that I can go out for a few days (ultra light) in the ADK High Peaks, but still be small enough to crawl under blowdown and bag peaks with decent agility. Any suggestions?