This is perhaps one of the most versatile packs I have ever owned, and I am on a life long quest for the perfect backpack. This pack is simple yet very sturdy, has just the right number of pockets for just about every activity. I have used it for dayhikes, a 3 day ultralight back packing trip, backcountry snowboarding, and standard urban traveling. Because it is so light weight, it is extremely comfortable. The stretchy material of the bag permits stretch, allowing you to stuff and compress with no significant problems. One thing I discovered is that the hydration compartment can actually fit a 13" MacBook Pro in a computer sleeve, which significantly increases the versatility of this pack. For backcountry types, this is much more lightweight than most standard snowpacks. The external front pocket is great for stowing your skins on the way down, the side pockets are great for stowing the poles and a water bottle (if you prefer over reservoirs). I just throw my BD Deploy 3 in the main compartment. There is plenty of room for everything else. You can even carry an ice-axe! The Airscape mesh back panel is not perfect, but does keep the air flowing better than standard back panels. The one thing I don't do is carry my snowboard on the pack. If I anticipate having to do that, I would use one of my more heavy duty packs. This one is not set up with the appropriate straps. I would also be concerned about the edges slicing through the fabric. Also note, this pack is not waterproof, so you may need a cover for it if planning to be in rainy weather.