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So I am getting the itch for another pack and want to reduce weight as always, but have some durability concerns. I have poked and prodded a couple of the commonly mentioned ultralight packs and am worried they won't hold up to my abuse. I currently still rely mostly on my trusty Gregory Z55 at close to 3.5 lbs for trips more than weekends that involve off trail hiking. I would love to reduce the weight down to around 2 lbs. However, about every 2 or 3 trips I find myself scrambling through a rhododendron thicket getting scraped by branches or hitting an unanticipated brier patch during one of my frequent off trail adventures to get to an interesting looking spot on the topo map etc. Branches and briers have been consistently deflected by the Z55 without damage and it is still going strong.
Is there a similar sized pack out there that weighs in at or under 2 lbs that could withstand the same abuse? I am not sure I am willing to spend the money on anything over 2 lbs as it starts getting too near the weight of my current primary pack form this use. I have a 30 plus liter 1 lb pack for shorter trips where I stay in more "civilized" areas on trails. I treat most of my equipment with great care, but the outside of my pack takes some abuse and needs to protect the rest of my gear. I like the look of the ULA Ohm 2.0 but my big concern is the durability. Anyone with similar bushwacking habits tried a lighter pack, or should I look to a lighter multi day pack for on trail jaunts, and assume that I will still use the Z55 on my exploratory trips?