I'm sorry, but yes, another "help me find a pack" thread. I'm looking at selling & replacing my SOC bugout bag which has served me well but I need a change. The new bag will need to serve three uses: 1) Full day hikes where I'll be carrying a light jacket or two, multiple water bottles, and lunch for 2-3 people (eg day camp with one or both of my kids). 2) Light overnight camping with my girls and their Scout Troops. They'll have their own bag but I'll still have some supplies for them since they are still young. 3) 2-4 day travel for work, note, I do not check bags. The bag can be bigger than the carry on dimensions so long as I can synch it down and get by. (I'll have my Evade for work documents, laptop, etc, so this would be for clothes, toiletries, etc.) Im thinking: -40-50L in volume (if it's laid out right maaaaybe 36L)* -Panel loading (not top loading) -Comfort is a must given extended use -Torso length = (I have to double check) -A hiking pack that doesn't scream backwoods camping -Removable hip belt a plus but not a must -Good organization -Really really really would like a beavertail -A couple good external pockets -Budget = <$100 ( very open to buying used) *My Daylite Plus isn't big enough at 21L. The Evade 2 at 30L is a hair too small to pull off all the needs. The SOC is good on volume but the layout isn't right for my needs here. Here are a couple I've been eyeing, with comments, to give an idea of the look and functionality. Mountainsmith Phantom Lt 40L Seems to be a great balance of size, volume, and pockets (one main, one small exterior, one medium exterior, 2 x hip belt, 2 x water bottle), clean look fits in on a work trip and on the camp grounds. (This picture makes the pack look much bulkier than it is.) Kelty Redwing 44L & 50L This is where the lines get a little blurry. I tried a Redwing 32L before and while I kind of liked it I felt that the HDPE sheet sucked. I picked up a model with a stay and it was better but still struggled to comfortably carry over 20-25#. The 44 likely is a sweet spot for volume but it's their standard one - size strap setup. The 50 has the true fit system to dial in and has great reviews because of it, but it's size is concerning. I know it synches down really small but worry it'll look really out of place for my uses. The Deuter Futura line would be in the running except that once you break 30L they no longer offer panel loading. it's also a little light on external pockets/organization.