Totally agree. You hit the nail RIGHT on the head! This is exactly why I sold off a lot of my packs, bags, and gear. It might be somewhat expensive, but your time, shipping costs, and trying to sell items is worth something, too. I think you'll really enjoy the Litespeed. And if not, you should be able to sell it right away for nearly what you paid. (Same goes for Kifaru, Tactical Tailor, Eagle, Mystery Ranch, etc.) Yes, TAD Gear seems to cater a little more to the urban hipster crowd. But that is what is good for business and the bottom line. They run small batches of custom gear (actually, I think they contract it out) -- something they would have a hard time procuring a lot of for some huge military or government contract.