Alternative to Zpacks Sub-Nero 30L in Robic?

vaguehead

Ultralighter
I like the look of this backpack: https://zpacks.com/products/sub-nero-30l-robic-backpack

As lockdown dreams continue I'm thinking about a Camino over the summer. Well 2 Caminos in succession, Ley Puy transitioning to Norte. It's about 1000 miles all in so weight does matter even if no camping gear required and hopefully regular coffee breaks.

The Zpacks 30l in Robic is about the right size for what is effectively a series of day hikes. Solid side pockets, chunky mesh back, has options for shoulder pockets, uses a sitpad which is a non negotiable for me as a back panel, and weighs in at a highly respectable 270g. I believe it does this by using 2 weights of Robic, thicker one for high wear areas. And a simple design of course.

What I don't like is that it's Zpacks, they have a poor reputation in various regards, I'd have to import from the US so if anything goes wrong I'm immediately dealing with not the UK. Also, additional fees and shipping bumps the price up.

Are there any alternatives? Not in DCF. The Atompack Atom in Robic is similar but heavier because uses same Robic everywhere, no shock cord for sitpad on the backpanel. Also would be about the same price. I've looked in the usual spots for alternatives but can't see much.
 
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vaguehead

Ultralighter
I've looked at KS ultralight packs. The website is a joy. They look great... I don't know have reassed and forgot ultralight packs quote volume including external pockets. I want about 30 in the main body.

Looking again at Atompacks. The Atom 35l has the right sized body. Robic available. Shoulder pockets included. All that's missing for me is a web of shock cord on the back to hold my sit pad, sure they'll be fine doing that.

By the time taxes and shipping are added to the imports they would work out about the same as Atompacks. And it's better to buy British if possible, especially during these times.

Think I'll go that route.
 
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