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I decided to give this a go mainly because it was on closeout. I had been debating for a while whether to abandon my old Dana 7-lb pack, not so just because of the weight but also because it was just too big a pack for what I needed.
Backpacking equipment has progressed a lot since I got my Dana. Everything is much lighter and compact. Plus, I've learned a few things about how to pack light over the years. So now my load for a few days to even a week can all fit in a 3200 cubic cm pack.
I first ordered a size regular and quickly figured out that since my torso measurement is at the lower end (16-17"), I would be better off with a size short. STP did not have this size, so I contacted GG and they gladly exchanged the pack. This transaction also allowed me to get the right sized hip belt.
Granite Gear packs are really good in this regard. Every piece can be mixed and matched to get an almost custom fit. I also like that you can take the pack apart...good for travel on the airlines.
This pack is short and stout, leaving room for my head. And although it's not the most ultralight pack, it is a big improvement over my old Dana. The padding is exceptional but I still haven't made up my mind about the loading design...it will take some getting used to since all I have ever known is the top-loading design.
Overall a very comfortable pack, however. I've carried up to 30 lbs with no problem on numerous trips. It's even more comfortable than my Dana simply because it fits better.