This pack traveled with me around the world, and it rocked my world. I cannot say, however, that I was happy every second of it....Nothing to do with the pack itself though, just make sure to weight a your bag and walk around before you leave on your expedition!
Other than poor weight distribution on my wonky body, this pack was absolutely incredible. I used it for a backpacking expedition through Europe (SUMMER) and it proved to be everything I needed, and more! The pockets on the side were awesome to store toiletries, snacks, sweaters, swimsuits, pants, really whatever your heart desires- they're pretty huge! The internal cavity is awesome, especially with the option to separate into two separate sections (I wasn't using a sleeping bag, so it allowed for easier organizing.)
The top pockets are also super convenient for things that you need to access easily, and it is a dual compartment, the top providing quite a bit of space!
The hip belt itself was really comfortable, and the little pockets on it were perfect for a phone and passport. I will definitely be sorry to say goodbye to this bag :(
5'8, 125- S/M was great