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I do lots of day hikes with the occasional overnighter. Currently I'm using a Atmos 50 and the suspension is too curved to fit things in it really nicely. So, I'm looking into getting something lighter that i can use for also a day pack. The name of the game is getting a pack that is light (as close to a pound as possible), around or under $150 and can use my existing sleeping pad (Z-lite short) as a frame. I'm considering the following (which are all roughly the same capacity, 50 liters):

Six Moon Designs - Swift
ULA - CDT
Gossamer Gear - Mariposa Plus
Golite - Jam

I'm currently at a base weight of 11 lbs with the Atmos 50 so I'm looking forward to being under 10 lbs.

Are there any others that you can think of that would be a consideration? Any and all comments and feedback are greatly appreciated!

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Zpacks are about the lightest http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks.shtml but a bit beyond your price range.  To get further beyond your price range take a look at Hyperlite http://www.hyperlitemountaingear.com/product....ck.html  I've never tried these packs but may be worth a consideration.
My current pack is a Golite Jam2 which I've used for 20 day thru hikes as well overnighters.  It has a compression system to adapt to whatever amount of gear your carrying.


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Look at EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports). It is a high quality outdoors store in the east - not sure if they're out west BUT you can order online at their website. They have real nice day packs that are around $120. I am a student and received a 20% off for store products (bought the pack for $100). The pack I bought is called a Cirque 45. Light, durable, and just the right size for 1-2 night trips. They have other mentional brands like Osprey and Gregor.
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http://www.golite.com/sleeping-bags/1-season

What about one of those. If you post a review somewhere you can get another 20% off. I got the sleeping bag for $130.


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Check http://www.ula-equipment.com/
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I disagree, certain ZPacks packs are not over the $150 budget by a long shot...

I paid less than $100 for my ZPacks Zero pack (with a mesh pocket and loops to strap a pad to the back of the pack), it is 1500 cu in and weighs 4 oz. My BPW in this pack is less than 6 lbs.

Although the large size, 2800 cu in Zero pack starts at $100 and 3.9 oz. You can add extra's but they add weight and cost.

Of the packs you listed, I have had the SMD Swift, and it is a very nice pack, but it is much bigger than I had hoped for. For bulky, lightweight loads, this would be a great pack though. I purchased the stay, but due to my stuff taking up so little room, I couldn't use it. It was too tall, so I always used a cut down ccf pad as my frame support. It did well with a 22 lb load though. Good pack for sure, and hated to get rid of it, but it was to close to my ULA Circuit and I was keeping the Circuit for sure... So, I sold the Swift and got my ZPacks Blast 30...

The Blast is definitely a Blast. I love it and think it would work well for you, but it is out of your price range...


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I can vouch for the ULA packs - they do a great job of moving weight to the hips, and the belt is amazingly comfortable! Very sturdy as well - my Ohm and Catalyst show no wear at all.

I've heard good things about Gossamer Gear packs, and have the 2012 Gorilla on order - I can give you a report on that later.

I've stayed away from the Jam, despite its great specs, because my back insists that weight be on my hips, not shoulders, and I doubt the ability of a totally frameless pack to do that.

Six Moons? No clue!
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