I bought this pack for my wife ( a first time back packer) trying to get best bang for the buck. In hopes her first trip would not be her last ! The pack is adjustable and carries a load well ! The basic configuration of the pack is well thought out . Plenty of outside loops to Tie extra stuff too .The top compartment on the lid doesn't fit well if full but that is not a deal breaker . Overall this is a great medium sized pack for the cost and weight .