I used this pack for an extended period (a year) of survival, camping out in the jungle on South Africa's Wild Coast - a very rural, undeveloped area. Almost perfect for my needs - I had to carry all my gear around every day & the size is just right to fit 12-15kg in. Much more practical than both a taller, solid-frame backpack or a smaller daypack - this is kind of a hybrid daypack/backpack. Very durable - no scratches from pushing through vegetation. Very comfortable - less neck-pains when carrying a load for extended periods than I experienced with any of the other packs I've tried over the years. Looks good too, for the times when I had to make an appearance in civilization. My only negative comments are: 1. It's not fully waterproof, so in heavy rain it's essential to have a poncho to cover everything - I couldn't just wear a raincoat and walk around with the pack. This is a general problem with almost all the packs on the market and I have to wonder why, in the 21st Century with all its technology, this should be, as it automatically makes the leather packs of 100 years ago superior in wet conditions. 2. The diagonal cinch straps tend to push items up (and out), so the side pockets aren't very trustworthy. I'd have preferred horizontal cinch straps. 3. This pack came with a 2.5l hydration bag, one of the reasons I bought it. It's a good size, enough for at least 1 day. However, the magnetic clips for the mouth hose don't work very well, and it was always coming loose and flapping around, which was annoying. The magnets also made it impossible to clip a small compass onto the sternum strap. I would have preferred a simple plastic clip. 4. I would have liked some extra straps at the bottom of the bag to carry a tent. But apart from that, very happy with it.
Port St Johns, South Africa