- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been really impressed by the versatility that I've gotten out of this pack. I've used it for everything from short dayhikes in the cold to weekend backpacking trips. The pack has ample storage, and the side compression straps help hold everything in place when you're carrying a lighter load. I've carried up to about 30lbs for weekend backpacking trips, and the frame and harness are still very comfortable at that weight. You would probably want a more substantial frame and harness for loads over 30-35lbs, but you would also be hard pressed to cram that much stuff into this pack.
This pack fit my sleeping bag, full tent (Big Agnes Fly Creek 3), 3/4 sleeping pad, clothes, and my share of kitchen gear for a weekend backpacking trip, with a little room to spare. The floating lid is a great feature when you're pushing the volume on this pack. Also, the side and front pockets have a good amount of stretch, so you can cram a jacket, fuel/ water bottle, etc into them, even if the pack itself is full.
The harness is very comfortable, especially in warmer weather. The hip belt and shoulder straps use a lot of mesh and light foam padding, so they're very breathable.
A couple "nice to haves" would be a daisy chain sewn onto the back and an integrated rain cover. However, with the features and weight savings when compared to other packs in the category, I'm happy to buy a rain cover and leave it at home when the weather looks good.