Used the Deuter Gide 35+ for a day hike & ski trip to Tuckerman Ravine. This pack is essentially a long, narrow cargo bag. No internal or external pockets except on the top flap. Having said that, I found just enough room for ski boots (Lange size 7.5), several layers needed for a day on Mount Washington, water & lunch. The single bag means that you have pack carefully, so you don't end up having to unpack everything to get at something on the bottom (There is a side zipper that might address this, but with ski boots taking most of the space, I wasn't able to use it).
The compression/ski straps worked very well. The ski were easy & quick to load on & stayed secure. The ski boots needed to be "nested", not enough room to pack side by side.
In actual use, this pack performed excellantly. It was comfortable to carry (approx 45lbs), no load shifting, and no sore shoulders or back. The pack looks to be in good shape after being packed to the max., though only for one trip.
If weren't for the single pocket, I would give this pack 5 stars. As is, it's still a damn good buy and I look forward to making more trips with it.