Awesome shell. Great for outdoor activities and windy/wet weather. Pit zips offer a generous amount of air in when you're starting to heat up. There are two deep front pockets on the front that close with velcro and one interior pocket for a phone/mp3 player. There are two buttons on the back that allow you to pin up the coat tails if you don't want them dangling behind you. Adjustable ties at the waist flatter your feminine side while looking totally rugged in your camouflage. Hood adjusts to keep rain/wind out. Haven't used it for snowboarding (yet), but seems like it would suit up for the slopes perfectly.
Can you take the bladder out of this pack and use it in a daypack?
Good socks. Kept my feel dry and cushioned in my shoes during day hikes. Only lament is how filthy they had become at the end of the day without spending a lot of time on unpaved trails. After one use and wash they fuzzed up quite a bit and I wonder how long they'll last.
I highly recommend it for hiking, school/work, and travel.
The large interior pocket has a sturdy laptop pouch with strap that is padded along the sides and bottom above the actual bottom of the bag so they weight is completely supported. Fits laptop as well as a textbook and 1 inch notebook (could possibly fit more, but that's all I've used it with so far)
The outer smaller pocket is very impressive with just enough, not overkill, of small organizational pockets. A flat, velcro closed, smaller pocket about the width of the bag is great for keeping maps or papers safe. Below that is a zippered pocket of the same width for a wallet. Followed by pencil/pen pockets, square shaped pockets (good for bugspray or cell phone), and two 1.5 inch wide pockets perfect for a flashlight. As well as the rest of the interior pocket good for whatever smaller things you don't want getting lost in the larger pocket.
The outside mesh pocket is the best park about the bag. I usually put snacks in it while hiking for easy access and have folded an entire sweatshirt in there so I wouldn't have to hold it while at the airport.
My only complaints about this bag is the bottom is not reinforced so sometimes binders or books cause the bottom to sag and hit me in the butt. And the water bottle pockets aren't that tight and my stainless steel bottles have fallen out before if bend over to tie my shoes. Although I've eliminated that problem by using the slipping the compression straps though the top of the bottles.
Also, the chest harness also had a plastic whistle built into the buckle. I honestly haven't tried blowing it at full strength, but so in joking around it hasn't seemed like a reliable rape or signal whistle. But still comforting to have when walking around campus at night or in the wilderness and if you need a tune to cheer you up.
This is the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. It is very sturdy, offering protection for my foot and support for my ankle, while being wonderfully lightweight. Thanks for Backcountry.com's amazing return policy I ordered this shoe in a 7.5 and 8 and Salomon Exit Aero 2 Hiking Shoe in an 8. Many Solomon reviews have said order a size/half-size down, I completely agree. I didn't even try on the Exit Aero 2 because just looking at it in the box I didn't like the way the toe area was shaped. (Which is why I was drawn to trail runners in the first place, but because of the return policy I decided to go for some hiking shoes just in case.)
These shoes didn't need to be broken in, but I wore them everyday for a week before my trip. These shoes were first tested at Yosemite on the Mist Trail (to the top of Vernal Falls) on very steep, wet, steps and steep dirt paths. The shoes provided great traction and breathed well to keep my feet from getting soaked while stopping for numerous photos on the wettest part of the trail.
Two weeks later I was in a completely different environment hiking through Arches National Park. In the 100 degree heat and sand these shoes breathed well to keep my feet from getting too hot and the traction was amazing for crawling up and down smooth rocks. Hiking though sand was incredibly though, especially in the heat and sun, but these light weight shoes helped out a lot. My only complaint is towards the end of my hike on the they're-not-kidding Primitive Loop from Devil's Garden, I was collecting a lot of sand in my shoe. I read that the Gore-Tex version prevents sand and little rocks from entering your shoe, but living in Southern Nevada I cared more about breathability. I ended up stopping twice in a mile to pour sand out of my shoe, but I think that was because I was too tired and just shuffled my feet though the sand at the end.
Long winded review, but I hope It encourages others to purchase this shoe. Thank you Backcountry!