I know you named the ones interested in, and many topics will address many if not all the packs, but for a 5 dayer, you left a gang of choices off the table. I have Kifaru (3 packs) and EXO (1 Pack). I will say the EXO if getting in and out thru out the day. The Kifaru for just plain packing gear in and getting in deep. But with that I have the AMR (My most fav pack of all times hands down), The Tahr and the Fulcrum. The Amr is simply a bag that holds some volume and is modular and can haul even more via pouches, lids, etc. All I am saying is check out the AMR, get a lid, and a couple belt pouches for the belt, ( i store my bow release in there (Hinge type). and maybe some large belt pouches for the molly on the bag. You just cant beat the simplicity of a large bag with no frills.
I was able to find a guy with a k2 exo, I think as much as I’m going to be using this pack year round, I need to stick with the Kifaru for the durability. He pointed out some issues he had with the lid sliding off the frame and a few other things and I just need to bite the bullet and pay the extra for the Kifaru. I started out wanting Kifaru and I guess that’s the answer.
I’m looking into the AMR and fulcrum now. Does anyone know if Kifaru will still make the “marge” belt if I put it in the notes on the order? I’m between sizes and think that might be the way to go.