Like this pack as a day pack, although very large for that in my opinion. Served me well throughout Acadia National, hauling around gear for both my wife and I. But this pack really shines as a 2-3 day mid-light load pack. At no point do I feel like I am wearing a big bulky sack on my back. It feels very natural at all times and the rain cover is great for storeing your pack outside for a more roomy tent/hammock.