I'd be curious to know why. I dropped a chunk of change to get mine all set up and then it's discontinued less than a year later? Not really reassuring. What's wrong with it?
Supply and demand! Your bag is still under warranty, what are you concerned about?
It's really bad in the fall here in California, when everything's dry and you're busting through the thick mazanita and oak scrub. Everything under the sun fell into my Exo's pockets even with the lid and the cords drawn up. Zippers might be heavier but I'll take 'em any day of the week and skip some M&Ms to make up for the weight. =D
And, back on topic, I also picked up one of the Nomads in the same color because of the potential for mods ... can offload the EMR2 if I end up not liking it.
I'll have to look into the Longhunter lid. Wasn't aware of anything but the Guide.
What I've never been able to figure out is why anyone would choose a nomad over any of the single-duffle style packs (amr, timberline, tahr, etc.). I like the design on aesthetic grounds, but pragmatically the number of times it might make sense to use a nomad and camp bag combo vs simply sticking to a single pack of comparable size and compressing it down after making camp is so small that it never makes sense to buy a nomad. But the price is so reasonavle, I'd welcome reading other opinions.