First Official RTW related entry- this week we're RVing in Massachusetts at the Boston Minuteman Campground for Zara's wedding!!! Today we drove North to EMS in New Hampshire to try on Packs!!!! Going in I was kinda set on the deuter 45L pack, but Kyler randomly tried on a Black Diamond Mercury 65 and loved the pivoting hipbelf feature, which led me to the women's Black diamond Onyx which I LOVED!!! My third choice was a Gregory Deva for the amazingly comfortable straps but I hated all the bells, whistles & bulkyness! After 2 hours of trying on and walking around with about 28lbs, it was ultimately the Black Diamond that won the comfort contest while on top of that being super streamlined, front loading and durable!! When I threw the pack on, fully loaded, I actually didnt even believe that it was that heavy! Kyler: the minute he started trying on other packs, he compared it to driving a porche, and then downgrading to a minivan in terms of the luxurious comfort and maneuverability.
Much thanks to Nadia at Eastern Mountain Sports - Nashua for her patience, pack knowledge, inspiration, and helping us FINALLY make a decision!