I went out last night and purchased my boots and pack for my Camino September 1st - Oct. 16th. My head swimming with all the suggestions that I had read through the day, I trekked into REI and made a decision based on what they had there. Boots: Merrell Moab mid gore-tx xcr Pack: Deuter 28 ACT trail SL I love the fit of the boots. At 1 size larger than my normal size, they are comfortable and can be tightened to not feel like they will fall off my feet. The pack was the best, I felt, they had in the store for this journey. It weighs in at 2 lbs 14 oz. I love all the pockets and easy entries into the pack. The chest and hip straps are comfortable and tighten and loosen easily. My only question is if it is too small. It is a 28 liter pack. It does have cushions to keep it off your back, but I saw some with a mesh vent system that would seem like it would work a little better. I considered the Golite jam pack at first, but cannot find it in a store here. I would have to order it online. Though the comments I have heard from some here are not positive towards it. I would love feedback on this! If it is too small, if there is something better. I like the idea of the Golite Jam because it is half the weight with almost double the room, coming in at 1 lb 7 oz and 50 liters. But is there something out there that is the quality of the Deuter with the lightness and room of the Golite Jam?