I've finally gotten nearly all my stuff crammed into my pack and it's coming out around 25 pounds without food or water. I tried to go through and find stuff to ditch but I only managed to get around 3 pounds of stuff out.
Also, it looks bulky and huge on me, but I think that's just normal for me since I'm so short. Last time I took a crappy old men's pack and carried around 40 pounds..people commented all the time on how huge it looked on me. I thought a woman's pack might look a little smaller but it really doesn't.
Still working on adjusting the straps and such to get the best fit, but what a difference wearing a good pack!
Is the weight still too much? How much more weight will I be adding with water and 5 days worth of food? It feels pretty comfortable now but I'm wondering.