If you're looking for a mid-level backpack that will store whatever it is you think you need to bring on a trip, this is the pack for you. Once you get the hang of the strap system, it is a very customizable, comfortable pack also. I've used this with a good 30 pounds in it, and I'd have to say the only back pain i had was on the next day from sleeping the wrong way in a lean-to. A great buy if you are just getting into backpacking, as I am. It has a fairly large capacity, and is adaptable to almost any body size and shape.