"For anyone who wants one of the most solid, well made, best organized packs, this is the one."
I do quite a bit of hiking and bouldering, and I recently bought this pack to take to Turner Falls last week. All I can say is WOW! If you are questioning the difference between a casual backpack and a hiking pack, make the jump and buy this! I did a 15 mile hike, and it felt like the pack wasn't even there. Osprey is one of the top companies in the backpack business, and there warranty is without doubt the best. The pack is made out of top quality materials, and all the features are well thought out and usable, opposed to other bags with have useless features. The bag is more on the expensive side, but for what you are getting, it is unbeatable. It is bigger than a daypack, but probably not much more then that. If you can get past that, it excels for one day hikes, summit ascents, etc. Outstanding, and I will be buying from Osprey in the future.
Perfect size and features for me using it as a weekend summer pack. Can stuff stove, sleeping bag, tent, and food inside it. A decent number of attachment points on the outside work well for a pad, poles, and water. If you have a synthetic sleeping bag you might want to go up a bit in pack size for overnight trips or you can rig it to the outside.
im 5 10 but i have a long torso i got the m/l it fit great on lowest adjustment, it was great for a day pack but left me wanting for overnight. i have a kestrel 48 ordered to replace it, i have not used a hydration pack with it. but have one coming with my 48. it seems like if you had a lot of money and was well prepared and organized you could fit a sleeping bag a tent a few clothes food water and a FEW odds and ends. but i dont and am not so im getting a bigger pack.
"Excellent functionality and capacity for day hikes in any season"
Just completed the 4 day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu with this bag, with great results.Pack contained all daily essentials + hydration (carried 2-24 oz. bottles). My wife carried a smaller capacity version (Kestrel 28) and she too loves her pack.BTW, if you've ever considered doing this trek, you need tounderstand if you can adapt to heavy physical exertion at altitude,be in excellent physical condition, and be prepared for arduoushiking - the trail is mostly stone with very high steps (20" plus) andyou need quality hiking boots that provide excellent stability. The hike kicked my ass but it was worth it. I'm 63 years old....just sayin'.