My new #1 backpack for extended outings (I have many, many packs)
Have used this extensively over the last 6-8 months on long mountain bike and hiking expeditions, great pack. It has relegated my previous #1 pack (Osprey Talon 33) down the pecking order. Two front pockets are nice and large, the mesh is a bonus as so you can now see what is in the pockets. Nice large rear side pockets, easy access for a water bottle (I tied up the one side pocket so it could hold easily accessable bars, gels etc).
Great for the lower back, as it sits nicely on the lower back with the external frame (I never thought I would get an external frame again).
I would give it 5 stars but two things are missing, there is no quick access to the main storage area - side zip, zip from the back would be good. The other is there is no external access to the water bladder (one thing that made the Talon series great).