It's comfort, durability and well thought out features make this pack stand out. The panel loading feature is just superb. Extremely sturdy and I have had no concerns about it failing on me. Quite light for it's feature set and the comfort level it provides. I currently live in the UK and it rains A LOT here. I can attest to the waterproof top pocket's functionality. The hydration sleeve can be reached without opening the main compartment and yet it still covered by the top flap. Again perfect for rainy and snowy climes.Overall a great pack for backcountry adventures, and also for extended travel use.