This is the pack I've carried for longer day hikes or if I my gear includes some extra weight; it has the suspension and the load capacity to do that. I like the way the load rides--comfortable, stable, secure. The vented back panel is a bonus in the heat of southern Utah. The pack is fairly light but tough enough to endure many miles and abrasive conditions. The compression system is not entirely convenient, with side release buckles on the upper straps that are awkward but must be opened to fully access the main compartment. The reservoir loads easily through the main compartment, but only if I pull out most of the load. That said, the hip-belt pockets and a small shoulder strap compartment are secure but provide ready access to small conveniences and necessities as I hike. I also like the two smaller zip-pockets in the pack. The main compartment is roomy and opens wide to accommodate large items or to find things that settle to the bottom, and there are adequate attachment points and a couple mesh pockets if I need to carry something outside the pack. I've rarely used the rain cover except as a splash guard on river trips, but it's a worthy feature.