I just received what I hope to be an upgrade to my camping equipment.
In the foreground is the Sackville Large Saddlesack. No, it's not a matter of perspective,
it really is that much bigger than the Frost River Gunflint Trail.
I've used the Gunflint Trail for years, have loved it, and still do.
Even though it is quite large, many things are bulky and it is just adequate.
What I normally carry is three changes of clothing, my "kitchen," a pair of woolen tights and long sleeved shirt for sleeping. It all scrunches down nicely and the flap just covers it when it's loaded.
Normally I will just clamp my rain gear to the outside with the Pletscher mousetrap.
There is plenty of room in the outer pockets for hygiene and personal items. but, as I found on my springtime trip, any change makes things difficult or impossible to pack. When I went on the trip to the GAP/CO trails the substitution of long sleeved shirts and long pants pushed the whole thing beyond it's limits and I was strapping things on top before the trip was over.
Obviously the Sackville Saddlesack will be easier and more versatile to pack. It also has a few added features. Inside there is an additional flap to cover the contents.
The same gear fits with room to spare for raingear and maybe
the hatchet which gets strapped outside most of the time.
There are not only two larger pockets on the sides, there are two facing either side of the saddle
as well as a snap off sleeve on the top flap.
So now I have 5 outside pockets which can prove to be very convenient.
The top flap is longer and less likely to be stretched beyond it's limits.
The big reflective strip is a plus in my opinion.
The only real downside is having extra room. I managed a few offices and stores in my day, I know that extra space fills up. I just hope I keep my head and use the extra space for convenience,
not more stuff to carry!