Landis Fryerwrote a review of Osprey Packs Flare Pack - 1450cu in on November 9, 2012
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The bag has tons of room, and even a slot for a laptop, which is key considering I am in graduate school and use my laptop frequently. The problems are: there is only one usable (zippered) front pocket -- the other is mesh, so not good for watertight protection; the inside zippered pocket is on the backside of the front pocket, so if both are full, the bag becomes top-heavy and tips over -- essentially, it has a high center of gravity; the straps are overdone and hard to manage for everyday usage; finally, the lip covering the zipper often gets snagged in the zipper pulls, which is annoying since I need to access the contents of the bag often. The side pockets are great though, and fit about any sized water bottle, nalgenes included.