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I recently picked up a Gregory Baltoro 65 pack (on sale!). I haven't been happy with the way my Osprey Volt carried with loads over thirty pounds. I don't plan on carrying more than that very often, but I'd like to have an internal frame pack that can handle it when I need to carry more for things like hunting/ climbing/sherpa-ing.
The Gregory is very nice. The materials seem great, and the compartment-filled design is growing on me. The only problem is the big one. The fit is off. I think I'm in between torso sizes. The medium seems to fit, but just barely and not perfectly. I'm on the verge of needing a small. Even then, I'd be swapping out hip belts and I'm honestly just not that interested in doing so much online shopping.
I chose the Gregory because I liked the size and the reported durability. I also considered packs from Osprey, REI, and Mountainsmith. One thing I really like about the Baltoro is the compressibility. It has a reputation for being a monster bag that's too big and too heavy, but it cinches down to almost daypack size.
But it's looking like I'll have to send it back, preferably for something with more fine tuning options for torso length.
Since I'm already sold on getting a heavy pack, I've considered two packs from Mystery Ranch. The Big Mountain and the Glacier. Both these packs are in the capacity range I'm looking for (60 to 70 liters). The Big Mountain is lighter, but still not lightweight by any means. The Big Mountain is also cheaper by more than $50. Both are on the far upper range of the amount I'm able to pay.
So if any of you know, how would these packs compare to something like the Baltoro or the Osprey Aether? Is the padding similar? How about the suspension? The yoke setup on MR packs is significantly different than the suspension on my Baltoro. What are other similarities and differences? Advantages/disadvantages? Finally, are MR packs worth the price?