So I think you still have some shopping to do, though you'd probably be perfectly happy with the Reality. While not a featherweight pack, it's sized very nicely and has a suspension that makes a good-sized load feel lighter, which is what a pack is supposed to do. Or, in the Mountainsmith line, take a look on that company's new Auspex ($259). It has Mountainsmith's lightweight (but still very good) Specter suspension, and 4,200 cubic inches of capacity, which is plenty for efficiently packed supplies for a three- or four-day trip. It weighs three pounds, seven ounces, which at a pound and a half less than the Reality might well make it worthwhile to spend the extra $29.
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