Need advice for buying a new backpack. To simplify, after lots of research, have narrowed it down to:
- Gregory Jade 53
- Gregory Octal 55
Both look appealing, and love that the Jade is just over 1,5kg, and the Octal is even more appealing at 1kg. But my biggest concern with the Octal is the lack of a dedicated sleeping bag compartment in favour of the lighter weight.
I’m currently using an Osprey Sirrus 36, but need something with more space. Really love the fit and suspension, and suspect the Jade will fit similarly.
So despite the Sirrus’s size, packing is always simplified with the easy access to packing my sleeping bag in the zippered bottom compartment. I’m worried that I will miss having this feature on the Octal, even with the extra space. No separate compartment means that I’ll have to take everything out of my bag first before accessing it. Is this even something to worry about, or am I over thinking this?
I know the Osprey Eja/Exos also has no sleeping bag compartment. How important/relevant is it to have this feature?
Another concern with the Octal is how close it sits on the back. As someone who runs warm, I’m worried this might bother me on long hot days.
I guess the choice comes down to comfort vs light weight, but would appreciate any in put!