I got excited when I slid this bigger pack on and felt the most comfortable hip belt I'd ever worn. At the end of 8 mi, my back still felt like a million bucks. Unfortunately, I was never able to adjust the shoulder straps quite right, so by the end of the hike, my chest was sore where the chest strap/ shoulder straps cross and my arms felt chafed where they had rubbed the outside of the shoulder straps, even though this is a narrower bag made for smaller frames. Unfortunately, this was not the only deal breaker for me. 2nd deal breaker; hydration issues. 1.Bag not included 2. Awkward hose feed from main compartment to shoulder strap 3.Hose flop on shoulder strap (no magnet to keep it in place) 4.Lack of hose insulation sleeve (I don't want to carry water weight that I just drain on the ground because it's too hot/cold to drink because of exposure). I wasn't thrilled with the vertical zipper pouch. It's awkward to get into/see into and makes it hard to find what you're looking for without fishing forever or pulling everything out. The vertical zipper also wasn't very user friendly when I tried to just slide the pack around my body to quickly grab something one handed, like I used to with other packs with horizontal zippers. That said, at least the pack does have at least one additional compartment beside the cavernous main compartment where you're surely fishing for what you're looking for. For me, I'd rather have the main compartment split in half, with top, then mid access, as to organize/ find specific gear. I loved the bigger hipbelt pockets, but still couldn't fit my iPhone 6s+ (isn't that what they're for?) They did fit a pair of gloves, so bonus. The eyeglass pocket was bigger than necessary.. plenty of room to put a hook for keys, which was another item this bag lacked.
San Diego, CA, USA