Good point, Mike. Yes, I wasn't planning on cutting off more than that--I just can't stand the straps slapping against my knees as I hike. As we all know, it's the minor annoyance that becomes the major problem 10 miles in.
I was a bit worried that I'd lost too much weight since buying the pack a few months ago, but a test run this morning with about 20 lbs. on my back felt great. Since last season I've cut 10 lbs. off my pack weight and almost as much off my body.
Wonder is rock and water and the life that lives in between.