Originally Posted by Piobaire
How important is your back to you, and when you do get out there, how much do you want to enjoy it vs. feeling crappy due to your pack? I say go to an REI, Summit Hut, etc. and try on packs. DO NOT BUY WITHOUT TRYING ON! Pick one that feels good and know you'll have it for years.
I value my back pretty highly. If a high quality pack makes a big difference even on short, less strenuous trips, then high...