I got a Pals Pocket to go with mine, and run a stuff sack on top with my Mountain Serape in it. I have gear that was on sale rather than higher end ultralight stuff, so it's bulkier than what others may have. I'm actually liking the setup, and am trying to get it to where my food, shelter, and insulation go in whatever pack I'm using, and then all my other "stuff" goes in the Pals Pocket. In theory, that will make it easy to scale for longer or colder trips, but my daily necessaries are always the same.
All things being equal, I would probably just go with the Ute for the nicer suspension and overall volume, but I have a stumpy little torso and I can wear a full brimmed hat with a 'Lindi, whereas on the Ute it fouls with the load lifters.