I'm thinking about retiring my old external frame Jansport backpack and getting something new. If I do I want to upgrade not just swap out for some piece of crap. I know I will need to go to the store and try several but give me some ideas about what you are using and if you like it. I have REI & Galyan's local and will buy it from one of them. I like mail order places like Campmor, but not for something like this. (I know about REI's political issues & take them into account when I buy, but its not the only thing I consider) I've got a day pack I like, now I'm looking for something for a w/e or longer. What I have now is light, and normally comforatable but its dated and the fabric is begining to wear. It has two main pockets that both load from the back, which is fine as long as you don't have anything (like a sleeping pad) lashed to the back. If one of the pockets was top loading that might be better. It also has two small side pockets for a stove and fuel, at least that is what I use them for. The waist belt is wide but not padded. There are 6 lashing points, 2 on the back, 2 on the top & 2 on the bottom; the ones on the back are sewn in while the others are slip through and reinforced w/ leather pads. This pack was probably state-of-the-art 15 years ago. I'm looking in the $150-300 range. The brands I'm currently considering are: Gregory, REI, Jansport, & Kelty. Any others you guys recomend?