The Highlander/Duplex frame set up seemed fiddly at first. Then, I fiddled with it some more and really like it now. I tired using a sil bag as the insert, but it was just to floppy when trying to get it in. I would tighten one side and the other would spill out. Again, fiddly. I had some Mystery Ranch load cells from an old job laying around and tried those. I have one large and one small. It works great. Makes for a pack that is narrow and neat. Important to me. I cant stand the turtle shells currently made for the frame.
I really like that I can leave it packed sans sleeping bag and just throw my sleeping bag ontop. With traditional packs, my bag is at the bottom and affects the loading of it so much it was hard to leave them packed when not in use.
Put my tent (GoLite SL5) at the bottom in its supplied stuff sack. The Large Load Cell is stacked ontop of that.
Tyvek sheet and UL cargo chair fit quite nicely
Right now I'm using two down summer bags to get me through the nights here in OR as all my gear is in TN. They go in the small Load Cell on top.
In the HL itself
Not an all inclusive list, but just a thought on how you use the HL/frame combo. I will say I don't like having the water weight that far away from CG. Evan, any thoughts on putting canteen pockets on the upcoming purpose built pack bag ?
I used the supplied attached female buckle and 2 male ones I had laying around for compression. The G hooks I took off to accomplish this were then added to the excess webbing and create more compression. I did this mostly so I wont lose them. It works pretty well though.