Over the last year, I tested, swapped, revamped, and returned numerous pieces of equipment in the quest to dial in the “right” pack. I think I am just now getting comfortable with what I would call my “standard” kit. Throughout the year, I experienced first hand the ever present tension of comfort vs. overall pack weight. My advise- choose what is right for you. There are times I choose comfort and times I choose lighter weight. That is most clearly seen in my selection on my backpack. Currently, I sport the heavier Osprey pack because it provides superior comfort and weight distribution compared to several ultralight frameless options that I used in the past. So what’s in your pack? I would love to hear from readers about some of their favorite gear and the choices they made in considering comfort vs. weight.