A nicely sized day pack, about 35L when compared to my 40L and 30L ski packs. Some of the key features I noted right away were some really tough fabrics and a unique zipper configuration! The pack was simple to adjust to my torso size after watching a quick video. Basically there is a plastic piece behind the shoulder straps that can be removed and used to separate velcro that holds the yoke (shoulder straps) down. Once fit the pack feels great with all manner of weight in it! I'd filled up all my water bottles and filled it up to 30lbs and it felt pretty good. I'd heard a lot about these packs while skiing at Big Sky Montana where Mystery Ranch is based out of, stoked to get one! There is 2 pockets in the lid, one big enough for a phone and keys and the other large enough for a book, head lamp and sunscreen. With a mesh backing I assume is to keep the pocket ventilated(?). Water bottle holders on each side are big enough for Nalgene size bottles yet can hold small items loosely. 2 hip belt pockets for sunscreen or chap stick but not much else. Full zipper on the front, different and awesome!
Pros: The zipper configuration is awesome! Using it like a top loading pack is cool, but when you need that thing at the bottom BAM! Front zipper goes nearly all the way to base of the pack making those normally hard to reach items a cinch!
The harness of the pack is burly, it feels like it could handle more gear than the pack can actually fit inside. I think the fabric will last longer than I will, its so tough! This thing is comfortable, with just a camera and water bottle to a full days worth of climbing gear it will feel the same.
Cons: The hip belt pockets are too small for snacks or a cell phone. Compression straps for me would be better on the side (for carrying skis) yet very functional for clipping gear like climbing shoes and a jackets. Its a little heavy for its size, yet that goes with a tough built pack meant to last a lifetime.
All in all I really like this pack. I plan to use it on a few light overnights if it ever warms up. It would be a great "do it all" pack for hikers, climber, photographers and even backcountry skiers.