Anyway... Here is a brief review of most of my packs in the garage. Sadly it's quite an investment.
|Gossamer Gear Minimalist|
|Gossamer Gear Kumo 36L|
|Gossamer Gear Murmur 36L|
|Camelbak Arete 22L|
|Ultimate Direction 15|
As I'm getting ready to finish up this post and I find myself lusting after the UD33. I also thought about the larger CamelBak but changed my mind there. I should be able to condense myself into the UD15 and Kumo 36. The rest might be nice to have but I can probably get rid of them and focus on the hike ahead.
What size pack? That's a tough question because it's a combination of gear volume, weight, and the number of days out. I can do an overnight with 25L... small tarp, small blanket, torso mattress, 3 meals, etc...
Why Shoulder pockets? For me there is only one reason... to carry my water and balance the load a little. 'nuf said!