I waited for months and months before I bought this pack. I looked at just about every other crag pack on the market. I even sell other packs at the retail store I work at. I thought nothing would compare to this pack, and after using it, I was right. I'm 5'2" and maaaaybe 115lbs, and with this pack (in the short size) fully crammed full of stuff, it's totally manageable. I'm getting ready to guide 2 other climbers on a trip through 5+ Southeastern US climbing areas, and I can fit all of our gear in here with room left for food and water. There isn't a single element on this pack that isn't well made. If you're hesitating because of the price, consider it a good investment. This pack is going to last me a decade.