I have used these trekking poles on multiple backpacking trips, to which they have saved my butt (literally) several times. These polls are durable, lightweight, and are extremely comfortable in multiple hand positions. I definitely enjoy the small shock absorbing feature, as this adds comfort and reduces vibration when on rocky ground.
This pack is a great light weight pack that offers plenty of room. I love the exposed pocket in the back, as I place my footprint and rainfly in it to keep water and dirt from getting on the inside of the pack. The two separate large pockets on the back are great for holding my collapsible Nalgene water bottles. I have also placed rain gear in them, which makes for great accessibility when inclement weather is a possibility. The pack is extremely comfortable and molds around your back. I have found that by placing my Camelbak in the airflow backrest for added lumbar support, which molds to the contour of your body. I highly recommend this pack, and the warranty which Osprey gives is among the best in the industry.