Very nice pack for long day hikes; suggest a few changes for next year's model
I looked at about 45 different packs before picking this one. I like the weight and capacity. My only complaint is that the lid pocket is very small. Maybe the next version of this pack could have (a) double or triple the size of that pocket, and (b) increase the capacity of the pack by 2 liters. Then it'd be just about perfect for what I use it for - strenuous day hikes, scrambles, and snowshoes. Definitely keep the side pockets; that is one reason I bought the pack. Each pocket can hold a Platypus watter bottle fine. This means that you don't need the inside sleeve for hydration, and could lose the sleeve and save a bit of weight. On the other hand, the sleeve helps a bit for internal organization, so having it is not all bad (but I'd still prefer not to have it). This pack was the closest thing I could find to exactly what I wanted, when I looked in the winter of 2009-2010. It's very comfortable. Be aware that it doesn't have load lifters. Note the weight - just over 2 pounds; very light for its class.