1. Like a stretchy cotton hammock, the breezy back panel keeps you happily cool while it supports up to 3,000 cubic inches of swag. Hinged aluminum stays direct weight to the hipbelt, and the shoulder straps comfortably bear the balance.
2. A sleeping bag, clothes, food, and other sundry items slide easily into the main compartment, while accessible twin side pockets hold Nalgenes, fuel, or even a flask filled with whiskeyyou devil, you! On the outside, diagonal compression straps tote trekking poles and the kitchen sink.
3. Shoulder straps and hipbelt are perforated to save weight without skimping on comfort.
4. Helpful extras make a good pack better: A supple shovel pocket can stash just-in-case raingear; there's a bonus cubby behind the mesh back panel for an extra hydration pack (or a smelly shirt); and bottom compression straps batten down a sleeping pad nicely.
5. Don't be the fiddler. Light and fast means well-placed straps and seams that steer clear of pocket zippers, grant-ing hassle-free access to your must-have stuff. On a sun-drenched trail, I easily shed and stored layerswithout adding frustration.