Hey I was looking at the Northwest pack goat website and can see huge price ranges in products. I was curious about what is actually necessary and what isn't. I'm guessing and from what I have read that getting the custom fit saddle is by far your best option am I correct? Are the mountain straps necessary and do they really help? I am also curious about the panniers. Are the deluxe better than the basic, such as do you really need them or is it just to make you feel better. It basically looked that the deluxe was triple stitched and the basic was double stitched. Sorry I know that is a lot of questions but I want to be sure of what I'm buying before I just jump into it and end up buying under or going overkill on purchases since it will all be a little expensive right up front. Maybe if those who are a little more experienced would shed some light on the pros and cons of stuff between saddles, panniers, straps, etc... that would really help. And maybe telling about the setup you use would help also. Thanks in advance!