I'm an ultralight (20lbs with food and water) backpacker. This pack is perfect at that weight. You can barley feel the weight on your back with the nicely paded straps, load lifter straps, and a really useful and comfortable hip belt. The back breaths well and the packs compression straps keep it very stable and close to your back. If you keep your pack weight below 30lbs this pack is perfect. Also back county.com sent it very fast. That was nice. There is a good review at backpacker magazine thats pretty good. They said its perfect too.