just returned from Philmont where my origional 1973 Jansport D3 ripped the place up again. for a 39 year old pack its pretty amazing. It's been to Philmont before, been to 12,441 feet, been to the top of the Adirondacks numerous times. I have treid other packs, but for plain old fashioned trekking, this pack is and will always be the benchmark. I am sorry to see the leather crampon patch and leahter hip suspension straps go, but modern plether is supposed to be good, my recommendation is to let it rip, buy your last pack now before they stop making them again.