Re: New Hobby: Help me pick the right cartridge
If you hiked 20 miles with no blisters, load or no load, those are decent boots in my book! Stick with them for now, gives you plenty of time to shop.
I am partial to the Badlands packs myself, but there are lots of good ones. And as said, the MOLLE packs are very versatile, don't skimp though, some of the crappy ones have bad straps and poor load distribution.
Don't go too big either, as you will be tempted to fill it. I had a Badlands 2200 and ditched it, too darn big for a day pack and not big enough for a hauler. I now strap my Superday to a Cabela's Alaskan Guide frame hauler, carry that in to a "day spike camp" so to speak and then take the Superday from there.