This is my first pack and my second hike. I went in May on the AT the first time with friends and a borrowed pack. When researching for what I wanted, I visit several hiking stores and the Coyote stood out for me. It is a slightly heavier pack than most, 5 pounds where a friend has 2 pound pack. The organization of the compartments made a large difference for me. My second hike was alone for 4 days on the approach trail to the AT and beyond and I had to carry everything I needed. That is the reason for the 37 pounds with 5 liters of water. The strap system allowed me to adjust as I hiked. I did not have sore shoulders or back during my hike and after the first few hours, I almost forget that I had a pack. The second day after 13.5 mile, the pack slide on and I was ready to hike. I would recommend this pack to anyone. It has a large adjustment strap system, large compartments, well padded, and the waist belt pockets are indispensable. I am looking forward to strapping on my Coyote 3 times next year and keep a picture of my pack in my office to remember that life is only a hike away!