Overkill in a good way
This pack has worked great for me in both the backcountry of Alaska and in the mountains of Colorado. The side access makes getting anything stored inside easy and the front 'toolbox' compartment is perfect for things you don't want touching anything (i.e. Trash).The only dinky feature I noticed was the plastic head-guard. The plastic snaped off the first time I used the pack, making me a little worried about the overall quality of the pack. Nothing else has happened to the pack and it works just fine without the head-guard. Overall, construction is excellent. The zippers won't snap (they are solid and thick), and the fabric is fairly water-repellant, but holds water after intense downpours. The sleeping bag compartment is double lined with fabric, providing a dry bag later.A great buy that I hope, and expect, to last a lifetime.