I noticed these same two issues on a hike with my EXO this weekend. A two way zipper on that stretch pocket would be a great little addition. On the slop issue, I tinkered with it but had the same kind of "pinch" at my armpits, so I let the straps back out a touch and just let the frame move. It feels weird for sure, but I didn't get any uncomfortable rub or anything because of it. I was loaded light though (30 punds), I'm thinking with a heavier weight that could be miserable. For me, the chest strap seems a little high (like maybe an inch). I'm wondering if taking that off and moving it down would let me get the load lifters tight enough to lose the slop, and get the straps pulled out from my pits just a little more and alleviate those pressure points. If I get around to trying it this week, I'll report back here on how it turns out.Took the Exo on a day hike yesterday with 20lbs or so. No complaints on the lighter end.. that new lumbar pad makes a huge difference versus the first one they released. The bag was okay, but not my favorite. After getting used to having 2 way zippers on everything and then not having them can be an adjustment. Like the outer stretchy pocket for example.. the zipper ends at the top, so when you have a lid attached you have to unbuckle the lid or reach up under the lid to find the zipper. Not the end of the world but something I noticed.
Last week I loaded up the Exo with 60lbs and walked a couple of miles with the goats. One thing I noticed on the load lifters was when I snugged them up to where it felt right and comfortable, there was still a little bit of slop/travel side to side with the frame. So I continued to tighten until that travel in the frame no longer existed and while it did stop, that extra tightening puts pressure on the shoulder straps about at my arm pits. Not unbearable, but certainly noticeable in the distance I went. That's one thing that hands down differs from the Duplex Lite frame.. I can snug the load lifters up on that frame to where it's comfortable and the load transfers but it doesn't have any extra play in the frame, it just sticks to my back with no added pressure on the shoulder straps.
This week I'm planning to do longer hikes with weight in both packs.