Originally Posted by teblum
with 10 miles behind and 2000 miles ahead, the buy decision would be easy to make.
It's kind of like hand tools. A professional mechanic needs high priced snap on quality level tools. A home mechanic can use harbor freight quality level.
Imagine being in North Maine with a disintegrating pack!!
Now there's a nightmare.
Or imagine how cool it is to sew your own stuff correctly, with appropriate materials, and use that pack for 2000 miles!
The Gearskin is an awesome pack, and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'd also recommend sewing your own gear if you have the time and inclination.
I've sewn 2 gearskins so far. The first (my own) took about 10-12 hours and came out OK. The second (for the ladyfriend) took 8 hours and came out much better. I may revamp a few things on mine from what I've learned, but it's good to go as is if I wanted to leave on a thru-hike tomorrow.