Great pack for short hikes
I bought this pack and really like it! The suspension is great for hiking when it is warmer, and it really helps keep you cool! It has lots of pockets and adjustments to help you size it just for your body. If you have never owned a pack like this, I recommend going to a good sporting goods store (like REI) to have them show you how to size it and work all of the straps and belts. The only downside I have seen is when hiking in the winter, it can be almost too small if you want to carry or stash extra layers. I can usually fit extra gloves, a hat, neck gaiter, a fleece, and a rain jacket in addition to some smaller accessories. Again, it can be kind of tight with all of this, but so far it hasn't been an issue. If you are looking to carry any more than what you might need for a couple hour hike in cold conditions, I would suggest getting a larger size and possibly a pack that has a draw string top closure. My husband has the Stratos 36 and that seems to be perfect for his needs (as well as anything I don't want to shove in my pack)!