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Okay. I have 2 backpacks and am deciding which one i like best at this time, an older camp trails external frame and a new swissgear internal frame. I have a Kelty grand mesa 2 tent, a kelty -20 minstrel sleeping bag, folding shovel, 2 swissgear hiking poles, 70oz camelback, 2 cans of bear spray, small water purifier, underarmor base gear 2 pants and shirt, extra set of clothes and a couple extra pair of marino wool socks. I am having problems with making the internal pack fit comfortably when it is fully loaded. I maybe doing it wrong. The tent ways 3lbs. 10oz the sleeping bag is rather large weighing 4lbs but is 24" long and a diameter of 12". I have been putting sleeping bag on bottom and tent under backpack flap and everything else inside. The internal frame is brand new but with no instructions on adjustment and i am more use to my older external camp trails pack but for some reason the internal just doesnt feel comfortable. Any suggestions on packing locations and how to operate the internal frame pack. I keep hearing these internal frames are so much more comfortable but im just not seeing it. Ive been training with my external pack loaded with 40#s of golf balls and walking 4 miles a day but when i tried this with the internal pack i felt as if someone was standing in the small of my back at the same time they were pulling on my shoulders with all there weight. I am new to all of this so any help would be awesome.