I just received my Western Flyer yesterday and, as I'd thought, it seems perfect for the numerous 1- or 2-night trips I take during the year. I can see it getting lots and lots of use. I ordered the backpack straps version because they've come in so handy on my Aeronaut over the years and I figured the same would be the case with the Western Flyer. But now that I have it, I'm not sure how often I'd use them. I think most of the time I'll use the absolute strap or the carry handle.
So my question is this: Would it be smart to get the other version with the back pockets instead? How much lighter is it -- is it even noticeable? And does not having the backpack straps and receptacles inside give you any additional room for packing, or is the difference negligible? I'm not sure I'd exchange just for the back pockets (because the straps are great to have as an option), but if the weight/space is noticeably different, I might.
Thanks for any input.