matt1976 wrote:These guys are a tad on the smallish side. Maybe good for a short weekend trip if you're only carrying your own stuff and don't have kids or dogs to worry about.
I've never taken my Kelty Women's Courser 40 camping, but I've undertaken several major backpacking trips with it. My record is 12 days in Vancouver for the Olympics, so I brought snow pants, long underwear of all flavors, thick winter coat, snow boots (I admit those didn't fit inside the bag: I tied them to the front!), a laptop, two cameras, 12 days' of clothing including jeans and two other pairs of pants as well as three(?) sweatshirts, three hardcover books, a travel-sized memory foam pillow, and a bunch of food. Oh, and quart-sized liquid-bag, normal-sized toiletry bag, and a quart-size [rigid] bag of medication. Plus the usual hostel-stay stuff: flashlight, lock, quick-dry towel... Mind you, this all weighed close to 50 pounds, but it all fit into/on the bag!
(Confession: I bought enough souvenirs, including a number of gifts, that I wasn't able to fit everything into the Kelty on the way home, so I needed to wear the snowpants, winter coat, and two sweatshirts onto the plane. I looked like the Abominable Olympic Tourist!)