Reviewed by Shoe Addict from Colorado on Monday, April 29, 2013
Don't see how these other reviews could be for this pack, as not only does it NOT have a lot of pockets, the 2 side pockets are ridiculously small (much smaller than would fit on the pack, so makes no sense) The pack itself was also smaller than I expected. While it is as much as I would want to carry on a backpacking trip, I use a pack mostly for travel abroad, and I'm not sure it will carry enough for that. There is no rain cover, which surprised me - I thought all serious packs had them. And the foam padding on the shoulder straps and waist is very stiff. While the waist probably will be okay, having these "stiff-as-a-board" masses pressing on your neck, arms and shoulders is bound to be uncomfortable for any serious carrying. And the last thing is that it's virtually impossible to release the waist clip. So far I've had to find a table edge to get the thing off - my 59-yr-old fingers can't do it . I can just imagine needing to pee in a hurry out on the trail and [...]! - no table edge!. I did get this pack at a good price (I'm sure all these issues are why it's a closeout), and am still trying to decide whether to keep it or not - it's been sitting in the box while I was away for a month. It will very likely be my last pack, and I don't want to use it and then wish I had sent it back. So - probably a decent pack for the money, but - I'd keep shopping if you are a serious pack user.