The Pack that Could, Did, and Will Do.
I took a slight risk with this pack. No one had reviewed it, and all I had to work with was the general appearance, as well as the stock description. To be honest, the primary reason that I chose this pack was due to one feature: the duffel access. Well, to cut to the chase, the risk paid off. This pack is great.
So far, I've only used it to travel from NC to Houston and back (I was too excited not to use it) by plane, but I can't wait to take it to the crag. You'll be pleased with the suspension, and particularly with the storage options. That smaller, zippered pocket on front is great for small, flatter items. Freedom of movement is definitely there. You'll be loaded mostly on the hips, and your arms can do what they like, especially because of the pack's narrow construction (I'd expected much wider). Note that the space increases with the extendable drawstring closure. The top can be raised to cover a taller load.Vertical expansion. That's what I like for a climbing pack. Tight and tidy.