Gear Question

Hi Guys, I've been drooling over this pack...

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Hi Guys, I've been drooling over this pack for the last year. Now that I'm employeed again, I can afford it, but my question is should I spend the extra few bucks and get the 85 instead of the 70? I'm new into backpacking, and don't plan on doing much more than 3-5 days at a time. I'm asking this because I don't want to regret the buying the 70. Thanks

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You should be just fine in the 70. Unless your doing weeks at a time and/or expedition mountaineering, I think you'll be happier with the 70. If you really do end up needing the extra space, backcountry.com has an unlimited lifetime return policy so you can always use that if you want to switch. But if you pack reasonably the 70 would really be just fine! Another thing to consider is the black hole theory, which suggests that people have a tendency to fill their packs - if you have the extra 15 liters, you'll probably use it and thus consistently carry more weight! Hope this helps!