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Has anyone tried or currently use any of their gear? I use an LLBean Bigelow day pack (around 2100 ci) as my overnight pack. It weighs somewhere around four pounds. I was thinking of shedding a few pounds (in more ways than one) by going with a lighter pack. I was thinking of the G4 Ultralight pack (16 oz, 4000 ci) or the smaller in volume and lighter Murmur Hyperlight (8.1 oz, 2200 ci). I am kind of leaning towards the Murmur pack. The smaller the pack, the more I'm forced to cut back on unnecessary weight. Its also nice hearing of others experiences with a product before purchasing. Any thoughts?

http://gossamergear.com/packs/backpacks/g4-ultralight-backpack-63.html

http://gossamergear.com/packs/backpacks/murmur-hyperlight-backpack.html

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They both look attractive form the weight point of view; I'd be reluctant personally to give up my pack ... but saving 3 lbs is interesting ...

The only thing I really notice other than lack of pockets (one of the reasons for my choice of pack) is the murmur's waist strap looks awfully thin.
Depending on how it rides for you I'd think that might be kind of uncomfortable.

The other pack's waist strap is also unpadded, but at least its wider.

My waist is quite a bit rounder than it should be :oops: so I really cinch the waist belt down, would be a problem for me but maybe not others ...

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I saw a youtube clip on their packs. The hip straps are unpadded, though you can pad them. The idea is that you can either use pads, or a pair of socks: using the straps as additional storage area. This is of course not the case with the murmer, but it looks like it is with the G4. Also, I guess if you have the right sleeping mat, it can be placed at the back, either as padding or as support, like part of the frame. Something like that.

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yeah, come to think of it I remember some people in my wfa class had a golite rucksack. They used the sleeping pad as a stiffener, seemed to work OK for them.
They were planning a thru hike, and got quite a long way before I stopped tracking them, so I guess it can work ....

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