I've been having a long discussion this weekend, (as you do) about what would go to make up the most useful, generally practical, reasonably sized, functional, lightweight rucksack.
What should it include, and what should it leave out? The average user I have in mind, is the day/weekend hiker anywhere from 'urban outdoors' (that's the cool new word for people on the High St who wear outdoor gear)to hill walking/backpacking, with a bias towards all things lightweight.
NOT uberlightweight - more general lightweight so 5-10kg use rather than 12kg+.
I would be interested to see what folks here think ...
Approx 40-45lt capacity, roll top enclosure but with a removeable pouch which clips into the neck inside which can hold small valuables, or a 1 lt Platy.
Side and bottom compression. Deep side mesh pockets with a sloped entrance eitherside, and a second deeper mesh pocket the full height of the bag.
Front pocket - my preference is for a large mesh pocket with the ability to clip it closed at the neck, so that when you open the top part of the sack it doesn't fally open.
Set back lengths, with a shoulder harness for male and female form to suit.
Simple shoulder harness, with a few webbing loops to attach items should you want. A hipbelt which clips in (but as the pack is carrying a light load the idea is not to have one) but if the hipbelt is there, maybe a couple of mesh pockets.
NO hydration slot down the back, but a wide pouch so you could use your sleeping pad as a back support. But supplied without any padding or support.
Does it really need any mesh on the back panel I wonder? Most of my basic bags done have any and I don't really notice any performance (sweat) issues?
Material? Hmm ripstop Nylon maybe for part of it, but possibly something a bit more durable like thin Cordura, Kevlar or Dyneema for the main ebrasive areas.
Keep in mind the KISS principle, but what do folks think of this I wonder?