I have spent years trying to find the perfect pack, one that does doesn't make it so I hurt and ache 4 hours into a 3 day camping excursion, or even into a 12 hour hike. The Osprey Talon was the first Osprey pack I ever tried. I recieved it as a gift. I have not gone to another brand of packs. It sits perfectly on my hips, the straps distrubute the weight evenly, and I love the way the back vents, I don't look like I was lying in a puddle of water after a long hike. I am 4'10" and can wear this pack as well with a few adjustment my mom is 5'7" can wear it. She loves that more then I do (since she borrows all my packs). My only complaint is this model doesn't come in green!!