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Field Tested. Hiker Approved

This is one of the few packs that actually fit me due to my small size. Space wise it has a slightly smaller capacity than my friends Osprey Aether 60s. This pack however is simple and has many features that make it a great pack.
Pros:
- Comfortable hipbelt and shoulder straps. First time out the straps would need to be tightened every few miles. Second time, straps stayed in place and I didnt worry about them.
- Pockets on the hipbelts
- Lots of compression straps, 4 side (top and bottom), 2 top on lid and 1 on top and drawstring closure, and 2 bottom. This allows you to stabilize the load you are carrying. Also allows me to make the pack much smaller if Im taking the pack for a short trip.
- Hipbelt is size adjustable. If you have a short torso but larger on the hips you can adjust from small, medium, and large by removing belt from velcro and adjusting accordingly
- Can access pack from top and from zip in front. Allows access to most areas of the pack.
- Frame allows airflow on your back. You can feel the breeze pass through as you are hiking which is welcomed on hot days.
- Hydration compatible with pass throughs on the left and right side. Can easily fit a 3 liter bladder in the bladder pocket.

Cons:
- It is impossible to reach the water bottle pockets while it is on. Not a problem if you're using a hydration pack
- Water bottle pockets arent that deep. It might be because Im using a size small, but the pockets arent deep compared to the Osprey Aether pockets. I have to make sure my bottle is tethered to the compression straps in case it might fall out.
- Top lid is removable if you want to save weight but you cant use it as a day pack for hikes after you setup camp.
- Not really a con, but the sonora gold is really a greenish color than yellow.
Have used this backpacking in the winter time and had more than enough space to carry everything. I would try out the pack first to make sure it fits your body. Will have to see how durable this pack will be in the long haul but so far so good.

Field Tested. Hiker Approved