This new version of the Targhee was a gift I received from Gregory after doing some freelance work; I have an older version of this same pack, but they insisted I try the "updated" one, and because I am not stupid I said "OK". To clarify, they did not ask or imply that I should review it, at all. All I can say is that the difference is night and day. The old pack, while burly as hell and well-featured, is a beast in comparison; I actually ended up removing the framesheet, because it just added more weight and felt too stiff when touring and skiing. Now, even without the sheet, the old pack is heavier than the new one, and the new one has a trick internal wire frame that gives great support, but somehow flexes freely as you ski. It skis with excellent balance and minimal pendulum effect, even fully loaded. In fact, if you're traveling light, you'll probably forget you're wearing it (I have). Feature-wise, it's a Gregory, so it's been thought out, tested, and re-worked a billion times over. There are lash points and hidden straps on this pack that I don't even know how to use (in fact, an instruction booklet might be a nice feature), but they all tuck away if you don't need them, making the pack look and feel streamlined. Comfort is second to none; the shoulder harness and waist belt are sized to wear over layers, so a medium fits me perfectly at 5ft 10in and 175lbs. My favorite feature is probably the cavernous top pocket. Spare goggles, gloves, sunscreen, energy bars, a Leatherman, and a bunch of ski straps all fit in there with room left over. If you need a "basic" backcountry pack (i.e., no Avalung or airbag system), this is unquestionably the one. I wear an old sling-style Avalung on top of all my gear, and I still prefer the fit and ride of the Targhee over any integrated 'lung or airbag pack I have tried.