I was looking for an 1098cu pack for long day hikes. I really wanted this to be the winner, but unfortunately it has to go back.
The straps are way too rigid and hard with absolutely no padding or cushioning. I'm sure this is fine if your wearing a down jacket, vest or fleece, but not for spring/summer sleeveless hiking. I only hiked for an hour or two before I had uncomfortable red marks on both shoulders from the straps cutting into my skin. Also, if you're not planning on strapping on a board or skis, all those straps are good for nothing, it's hard to affix anything else to the front of the bag with these straps and all of the hardware just adds weight.
I'm giving the bag 4 stars because it is a great bag - for what it was intended for- winter hiking.
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