The Mystery Ranch NICE Day Pack Lid is a pretty solid piece of gear. It adds 900 cu-in of additional capacity to your pack and makes a decent little stand-alone pack for when you don’t need your main pack. However, that functionality comes at the cost of weight. It weighs 1 pound, 3.2 ounces on its own. That is a lot of weight for something that spends most of its time as a lid.
Mystery Ranch just introduced the 9 ounce Alpine Lid to address that weight issue. The Alpine Lid has 700 cu-in of capacity split between 2 chambers (the Day Pack Lid has 900 cu-in). It can be carried as a stand-alone satchel style pack instead of the Day Pack Lid’s backpack style carry. Basically, the Alpine Lid provides similar functionality for considerably less weight.
Check out the Alpine Lid at Mystery Ranch.