Looking to purchase a new pack in an effort to continue to drop weight. So far I've narrowed it down to the ULA Ohm/Circuit, Gossamer Gear Gorilla and the Mountain Laurel Designs FS Exodus. I've had absolutely no experience with any of these packs, and apart from buying a few of them to determine which would suit me best, I thought I'd turn to the forums. and who knows maybe someone is looking to sell.
My backpacking typically involves 1-5 day trips with a base load of 14-17lbs. Its variable based on what creature comforts I decide to bring. For instance I almost always bring a gransfors bruks small forest axe. (crazy right?) haha well I don't consider myself an ultra light kind of guy at all. Did that for a while and decided its just not for me. i have however lightened my load enough to allow for a few added comforts even if it is a substantial addition in weight with the axe. I could be a lot lighter without it. but I like it. Anyway I live in Ohio so most trips are either in Ohio or a drive out on the AT or down to the smokies.
Im looking for a pack that will comfortably carry it all both volume and weight on suspension and still allow me a bit of wiggle room of I want to use it for longer treks. My total pack weight will range from 28(or less) to 31-ish lbs depending on length of trek. With a lot of these pack ratings suggesting a max load of no more than 30lbs I was curious if anyone has had enough experience with these packs to suggest how accurate that comfort rating is and any overall recommendations. I love the ULA packs, although I'm not terribly attracted to them aesthetically as much as I am MLD packs (pricey!) or the Gorilla.
hopefully someone has some recommendations and maybe something to sell!