I am allergic to backpacks with too many "useful straps and pockets" because I find that, most of the time, they just get in the way, and add unnecessary weight and more components that potentially will break. With that said, this backpack has all I want and need in a day-use sport climbing back pack. I can comfortably pack a rope (in the integrated rope bag), Chalkbag (also packed in the integrated pouch that neatly clips to the inside of the bag and keeps the rest of your stuff free from chalk), 15 quickdraws and belay device attached to the gear loop in the back, a pair of climbing shoes, harness, water bottle, jacket and other small accessories I find useful. To create more space in the pack, I just take out the rope, and attach it to the strap on the top lid or in a separate rope-bag. Now, if I would go trad climbing or do anything similar that requires more gear, clothes, food, accessories etc..., I would go with a different bag. But for me, for everyday use, back and fourth to the Sport-climbing crag, I find this perfect . It has a bunch of useful features, but really has no extra crap that gets in the way.