If you are interested in giving an external frame pack a try without spending big bucks, CampMor has a sale on the Outdoor Product Dragonfly for $39.98. I have an earlier version of the same pack and it is functional, though less pack than I prefer both the sense of lower capacity and far from optimum weight transfer to the hips (compared to my personal favorite external frame). Weight not bad, though far from UL and it would be a cheap entry point if you want to try an external frame.
|Size||29 in. x 14 in. x 9 in.|
|Capacity||3,750 cu. in.(61 liters)|
|Torso Length||15-22 in.|
|Number of Pockets||4|
$7 shipping but if there are other things you want from Campmor, shipping is free for orders over $50.
A picture of a earlier version of the pack (mine) is here
To pad out the order, you could consider Aqua Mira drops, which can be hard to find (REI doesn't stock them, or at least didn't when I last looked)
They also have a neat 3-bottle kit for field premixing of Aqua Mira drops
- 2ea .5 oz dropper bottles and caps
- 1ea .25oz dropper bottle and cap
- .5oz bottles labeld 'A', 'B'
John Curran Ladd
1616 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-3707