I'm a novice mountaineer looking for pack advice for my next trip with IMG to attempt Orizaba/Ixta in Mexico. Based on my research, I've come down to between the Gregory Denali 75 vs the Black Diamond Mission 75.
Price & weight wise - the Mission is the winner.
- Denali 75: $419 CDN - approx 6 lbs
- Mission 75: $259 CDN - approx 3 lbs
I would attempt to compare the "features" of the backpack but my experience is minimal and I don't know what works/doesn't work for expedition trips like Mexico. Ixta/Orizaba don't come across as "technical" climb so a simple pack may be a better choice (Again, I'm not sure).
I also have a Mission 55 that I've used for Rainier and it was a fairly good pack. It carried fine with loads up to 40-ish lbs. Even though I am leaning towards the BD Mission 75, I am tempted to try other brands (ie Gregory) to see what my they are like.
Any advice would be appreciated, especially if you've done Orizaba/Ixta. Thanks for your time