What gear I take for three-season backpacking trips, or even how I backpack, has evolved over the years. Here are some differences from now vs. then.
An older lighter weight warhorse that works well if you need to go lighter, enjoy versatility, durability and venture off-trail. Bonus: Not expensive.
A sequel of sorts to my $300 gear challenge. A little over $800 for a kit that is light, functional and easily assembled.
A review of the ULA Catalyst backpack