Great Pack if it Fits!!
The Palisades features a multitude of adjustments to dial in the fit, but one thing I've learned about back packs ... it's all about the fit and just like boots, they don't all fit the same. I've read the reviews where they loaded this up with 50 pounds and couldn't even feel the weight. Sadly ... I could. I've had 40 in it and after 10 miles I was hurting. I'm 6'1 187 pounds, slim waisted with no ass (32 or 33 inch waist) Heavy loads have a tendency to slide down my hips. Currently, I have a large but I may try the medium set up and see how it works. It's definitely NOT a weekender. The Palisades is more or less an expedition pack. Like I said at the top, this is an awesome pack if it fits you. When it comes to trail / expedition packs, Gregory and Osprey set the mark for all others to shoot at.