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So I've been thinking about a reasonably efficient way to bring a day pack with me on backpacking trips. For example, hike into a campsite with my 45lb frame pack, set up camp, then go with a light day back for my camera gear, water, rain jacket, etc to go exploring from there. Up til now I've empted out the frame pack at the campsite and used that for day hiking. But it's "clunky" as a day pack.
I've been considering an REI Flash 18 (http://www.trailspace.com/gear/rei/flash-18-pack/) as it's reasonably light, with a good feature set, and the reviews are favorable.
I was thinking I could double-duty this pack as a stuff sack for my sleeping bag.
The only real downside I can think of is a pack like this weighs about 10 oz, and assuming my regular sleeping back sack (http://www.trailspace.com/gear/granite-gear/backpacks/stuff-sacks/compression/) weighs about 4 oz, there'll be a net gain of about 6 oz to my overall pack weight. Doesn't sound like much, but I'm really trying to minimize the weight (45 is too much but is the best I've managed to reduce to so far, with bear canister, photo gear, water, food, etc).
So am I crazy? does this approach make sense? I don't have a fancy internal frame pack with a built-in detachable day pack, and the ones I've seen wouldn't meet my needs for carying photo gear on day hikes anyway.
I know I can count on you all to tell me what you really think <grin> :)