Hello Gossamer Gear,
Attached is a photo of me at the end of an 87 mile hike at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. I am sporting my G4 which served me very well – providing the capacity and comfort to handle the bulk of Philmont’s food at our resupplies, and scale down nice and light when we worked the food down. The pot hanging off the back is actually a Philmont issued one that someone left behind at a campsite (probably couldn’t bear to carry it any further) and I felt light enough to do a good deed for the day.
We did a good job keeping our scouts (and adults) base weights down in the teens and the advantages of this were really on display as we repeatedly passed troops sitting and sweating on the trail side our boys flying by not even breathing hard. It really made a huge difference – we saw boys and their leaders lugging around unwieldy packs and looking miserable and exhausted at the end of the day – our group was quite the opposite we would get into camp with plenty of energy to enjoy the programs offered at the different camps.
It was a memorable experience, the G4 pack and the Ultralight philosophy were keys to our success and enjoyment.