A bit late on this, but I wonder if it'll go through the same process that mountain biking did a few years back - kit got lighter and lighter, but at the same time became fragile. Eventually people started to produce kit that was more of a compromise, viz, still lighter than before, but more intelligently light, so that it was more durable and functional.
It's already happening with lightweight jackets featuring strategic reinforcement to counter, say, wear from pack straps. And as yet, no-one has had the idea of producing low-abrasion packs with smoother surfaces that are friendlier to lightweight face fabrics.
Posted: 21/08/2007 at 13:46