I came off a search Thurs. and have been re-thinking some of my gear. Essentially, I need to lighten the load some. I'm thinking of going from a 1200 cu. in. pack down to a buttpack and 2 canteens on LBE. In addition, I will still be carrying my M3 medic bag. Previously, I stuffed the M3 into the backpack so I'm not losing that much space. But I am losing some. I should still be able to have my 24hr gear with me, and with a little space left for victim comfort gear, (2nd space blanket, extra food, etc) This set up will leave me a little light on water (AOR is primarily the Catskills) but everything else should fit. At this time, I'm not very fond of Camelbak style systems. Can't give a good reason, just my taste. That is why I'm thinking retro with the LBE set-up. I'm otherwise pretty squared away gear wise, but replacing my pack and water carrying has gotten me thinking. Any thoughts on LBE, Camelbaks, or other SAR packs would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to keep as small and light as possible because my load always seems to grow to match the space available. This way I limit the excess. Thanks for your help.