I have used this pack on about 5 week long trips now. It has worked really well for me for the most part, comfortable padding. The front pocket opens wide to shove your coat during the walk or to hold your water bottles. The water bottle pockets on the side are too tight to hold a bottle, instead i carabiner them onto the hip gear loops. The brain is easy to get into, even when the pack is full. the bottle opener on the shoulder strap is stupid! better off without it. I do enjoy this pack and will continue to use it.