Love this pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So far I've used this pack on 3 different backpacking trips and it is great. The suspension system is unbelievably comfortable. When the straps are done correctly, you can barely tell you're wearing it. The bottom buckle is connected to the main pack using a ball-and-socket type swivel. This allows the main pack to move freely from the hip belt. There is also the ability to lock the swivel so the pack doesn't move independently from the hip belt, if you want. The material is pretty heavy duty, but you don't feel it in the weight of the pack. I'm not sure how water-resistant the material is, I've purchased a rain cover just to be safe. The pack also has a zippered on the front that allows access to the main compartment which is really handy when packing and unpacking. The main compartment also has a few small zippered pockets which are great for keeping your smaller items organized. All in all, this pack is fantastic!