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I'll try not to flood the list any more with my rookie questions - so maybe this is the last one for a while (although I have tons of others). I really am trying to do a lot of the searching on my own.
While doing my research on internal frame backpacks, I thought it best to stick with one brand at first to see how things varied within that line. One thing struck me as strange for the Keltys, (the brand I am considering):
It looks as though a sleeping bag compartment is not on any pack less than 5000 cubic inches. Is there a reason for this? I would think even an overnighter would require a sleeping bag, so why not a compartment?
And then, after glancing at sleeping bags, I see a large variance in "packed" sizes. What is a normal packed size for a bag and how big are these backpack sleeping bag compartments anyway?
I really don't think I want a Red Cloud 5600, as I probably would fall into the "use it if you got it" space habit, making the pack more heavy than I need. But the smaller ones, without the SB compartment: are the bags just strapped to the bottom of the pack?
I have a relatively nice sleeping bag now, but it's not a backpack bag. It's big when packed, and probably heavier than a true backpack bag. If the norm is to strap it on the pack someway, I could probably get by at first with this one using the smaller capacity pack, at least until my hikes get longer.