User Review: Gregory Whitney 95
As a fellow "Sherpa-Dad," I echo his comments. For any fellow contemplating going into the woods with Pre-K's, this is the pack to get.
With a 65# load, all the weight was on my hips, the shoulder straps were only necessary to hold the pack against my back. It has the room to haul all the gear the little ones can't but need. If it doesn't fit inside, the pack has a plethora of attachment points.
It weighs about 5# more than an ultralight pack, but for my money, that extra weight is leveraged into good load bearing characteristics, which makes carrying the same load easier than the lightweight models. I'd much rather have 35# in a Whitney than 25# in a GoLite. With lightweight solo gear, this pack allows you to go three weeks between resupply, and be comfortable doing it.
The side pockets are a bit eccentrically designed, but you actually get two compartments in each: the pocket itself, and between the pocket and the main body. I made the mental adjustment to the design easily.
Bullet-proof construction: mine is four years old and still looks new.