I've been looking for a medium-sized backpack (~25L) for travel and day hikes. I've been eyeing various Goruck backpacks (Radio Ruck and GR1 specifically) and love the idea of them, but they're staggeringly expensive. I like the fact that these packs sit close to your back without the use of a hip belt (which I find just gets in the way with any small pack). I'm also a fan of the 1000+ denier construction (lasts forever) and the MOLLE (hugely flexible packing). I've looked at some of the other tactical-style packs and found that they were around twice as thick. I hate being the guy with the big-ass backpack and would like to get away from that.
Does anyone have any recommendations, or should I just pull the trigger on the Goruck?