I was looking for a small-medium sized pack. i currently have the north face recon and it's simply too big as a school backpack and a pack for skiing. I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this product to anyone who wants a small extremely durable pack. The shoulder straps are very cushioned and everything feels durable, yet very plush and comfortable. The padding on the back provides a very comfortable feeling regardless of what is inside the pack. As soon as i open this product, i was blow away by the quality! THis is the perfect size for a nice hike yet is not too big. You can't go wrong with this bag!