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I am thinking about getting a new pack, and I would appreciate your input, since I don't have the opportunity to check many packs here in town. I am currently using a Jansport Carson (external frame) that I like, but I want to see what else is out there. This is also partially motivated by the fact that I will be doing some serious off trail routes next summer and external frame packs may not offer the best balance for that.
Here are my requirements:
1. It MUST have outstanding back ventilation. I don't hike well when I'm hot, and this is an absolute requirement.
2. It should be sub-4 lb.
3. It needs to have pockets (plural) with zippers.
4. It needs to be able to carry 35-40 lb comfortably (4000-4500 cu in works for me for weeklong trips).
5. It MUST be able to fit a bear canister, since I spend a lot of time in areas where they are required. For example, tonight I looked at an Osprey Atmos, which seems to fulfill all my requirements, except the only way to get a bear canister into it is to open the bottom of the pack and stuff it in that way.
A plus would be a detachable lid that doubles as a fanny pack for summits along the way.
So, what is out there? If REI carries it that would be a plus because I could use my dividend next spring to buy it.