j4ever wrote:can anyone make a suggestion on a good pack for my lady? needs to be able to carry 40-45lbs, thanks.
What is the primary use? Day pack for technical winter loads? Overnight multi-day?
Is she thin, fuller-figured, broad/narrow shoulders, short/long torso, etc??? There are a bazillion different packs out there, so without knowing more about your wife and how she plans to use the pack, it's difficult to make a valuable recommendation.
My primary, multi-day backpack is the Osprey Aether 70 Pack, and I love it! Then again, I'm 5' 8" and built like a brick house...this pack may not work for a smaller woman.