what other packs compare? top middle and...
what other packs compare? top middle and bottom access?,removeable fanny pack? and even lighter?
You can try the osprey aether or atmos... (The Kestrel is nice as well, but no removable top. i think the aether is closer to what you are looking for. I had a Gregory that fell apart after 6 short trips, I have heard mixed reviews on the durability of Gregory Packs. You can't go wrong with Osprey's "All Mighty Guarantee"
Osprey's packs are really light in comparison as well.
For me, the decision came down to the Gregory Baltoro or the Osprey Aether. Before actually trying to packs on, I was leaning towards the Osprety Aether. It was lighter, had the All Might Guarantee and I liked how it looked visually. However after trying the packs on, I was sold on the Gregory. Don't get me wrong. The Aether would be a great pack, as long as you aren't carrying more than 25 pounds or so. There was a very noticeable difference between the comfort of the packs when you starting packing the packs with more than 30 pounds.
The removable fanny pack isn't anything to write home about. I would prefer the pack have a better removable pack, however it suffices for its purpose.