I have waited a while to review this pack, I wanted to make sure my perception of its awesomeness was not just new gear infatuation or me comparing it to my last big pack (which totally sucked) and I believe that after a couple months of solid use, I can say that I love it even more!
I bounced around a bit deciding on a big pack, i finally chose this one for the size, weight, comfort and price; and the ability to strip it down. There were cheaper packs that did not look like they would last as long, and there were more expensive ones that would have been more comfy but they were also heavy. This one was just right.
First off, its big, like really big. I fit everything in there for 4 days on Rainier with only my rope, axe, pickets and wands strapped to the outside. Second its also light, which is nice, my last big pack was 7 pounds! this thing feels like nothing compared to that. Third its comfy, the shoulder straps are really comfy with heavy loads even if they are on the minimal side, and the old Bora hip belt is as awesome as it ever was. Fourth its burly. getting slammed down in rocks, loaded with sharp things, this pack takes a beating. Fifth you can strip it down and use it as a summit pack, further saving weight, even the 75 liter version!
The pack is simple, one main compartment, one lid compartment, bungies, side straps, and axe holders. It also has two loops on top for hauling which is cool, I have not tried hauling it yet. the one thing I wish it did have was another picket/wand pocket on the other side. makes no sense to me why they wouldn't put that little pocket on both sides.
I am super psyched about this pack! I expect much use out of it for the coming years. Lots of backpacking and climbing and mountaineering.