"Comfortable. Durable. Comfortable. Mostly Well Designed. Did I Mention Comfortable?!"
I have a hard time finding the right pack. I don't know why. Maybe I have some sort of Princess and the Pea syndrome. I've tried many and always feel pretty meh about all of them after a day on the trail. I am 5'2" and sometimes a pack feels good in the store, but after five hours on the trail it feels awkward and uncomfortable and your arms rub against weird straps. Not this pack! It fits well and stays secure hiking rough terrain. Straps and buckles are comfortable and feel secure. No weird placement of anything.There's plenty of room in this pack. I didn't think there would be, but I was pleasantly surprised. Two things could be improved. (1) The exit hole for the hydration hose is in the top middle. This might be a plus for some in that it allows you to pick which side you want your hose to fall, left or right, but it's a bit awkward this way. I'd rather they have just chosen. (2) The hip strap could use some padding or a pocket, but that's something I can easily MacGyver!