Yep, i feel like a total fatass wearing this pack. That's because i don't feel any weight hanging off my shoulders or pulling me back at all. It feels like i just got 50 lbs heavier when I put the pack on.
Sure, its a little heavy. But what's a few pounds when you are cruising in complete harmony across variable terrain? This pack was designed to carry a heavy load for its size and it does it stupendously well. The description sums it up pretty well, but it left out a few features.
Feature #1: Fanny Pack
The lid for the pack clips off and doubles as a fanny pack, with a waist strap stowed in the inside of the lid. I've successfully used it as a summit pack, stuffing it to the brim with the necessities. Since it was so stuffed, it wasn't comfortable and it swung around, but that isn't an issue when it isn't crammed full. Most importantly, the buckle stayed clipped.
Feature #2: Reinforcecd bottom
The bottom of this pack is double walled, making it even stronger and more water resistant on perhaps the most overlooked part of the pack. Its what always hits the ground first, hits the hardest, and stays there the longest, and shields the sleeping bag. Keeping the bottom dry is a crucial aspect that they didn't overlook.
Feature #3: Water Bottle pockets
Out of sight and out of mind, these stowable pockets stash away nicely. When they are pulled out, they are long enough to hold my 1.5 L nalgene well. They also have small velcro tabs that lock down the pockets. You can barely see the ring that the velcro attaches to in the picture.
Feature #4: Gear Loops
Easily visible in the picture, the black gear loops are sturdy velcro and are removable. Also, the bottom gear loop is adjustable, making it easy to get that big ice axe in there.