Just wondering if anyone on this forum has used Tom Bihn bags for hiking. My husband and I are planning to do the Camino de Santiago next year, which is a six-week hike that basically involved walking from one town to the next - so no tent, cooking tools, or food beyond what you nibble on the walk is necessary. The basic advice of most people who do it to aim to carry no more than your body weight and some people actually manage keep their bag to around 12 pounds (6 kg). Some sample packing lists can be found here and here. We are basically talking about a couple of changes of clothes, 2-3 pairs of socks, water, some minimum toiletries (the amount that would fit as allowable in airplanes), a pair of sandals, fleece jacket and either a light rain poncho or rain jacket.
Would this kind of volume fit in a Smart Alec? Or would a Brain Bag be more the case here. How well do those bags distribute weight? Has anyone wore them for hiking?
I was going to get a Deuter bag but now I'm re-considering...