Final word in daypackery
Fantastic pack, everything you need for a day hike (or lightweight backpacking, or ski touring, or pretty much anything else). Pockets are super well-designed. I like the lycra side water bottle pockets vs. the mesh variety, as they are less likely to snag on stuff. The compression system is fantastic. You can ski carry diagonally or A-frame pretty easily, which is nice. Harness is of course extremely comfortable. Two hydration "pockets" (one is inside the mesh back panel), both with bag hangers. Note that Osprey has made some design decisions (we'll say) on this pack for the model year 2010; if I were you, grab this one before retailers start running out of stock, as the new model loses a lot of the good features of this pack.