I have a Gregory Tega. It 's max is 25lbs. My total with tent, food for 4 days and water was 30. I am PROBABLY going to have a HH Backpacker UL and have not found a definite UQ option. I might make one, have one made or buy one. I am 5'2" so Id like to have one made or make one. This will cut a little weight. And I'd also like an Overquilt instead of my Mummybag(Marmot 20degree Trestles synth.)
My back issue is chronic pain/weakness in my lower back. I did Physical therapy and tried muscle relxers. I also have just been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. So that may also be part of the problem. Basically It bothers me after sleeping at night. In the hammock there was no problem. When I was hiking I started losing more and more sleep until the last night I was out and got NO sleep. My vision was blurry, my shoulder began to ache b/c I was asking it to take more and more of the load off my back.
I am on Cymbalta right now. It is a pain med/antidepressant. Feeling all achy and having severe joint pains at 27 kinda put me in the dumps. That along with the failed Thru after 7 years of dreaming and researching. It helps my back surprisingly. I just know hiking isn't a low impact sport. lol
I get what you're saying about the UL pack with reg. gear. I think I'll stick to my internal frame for now. Thanks!