I use this pack more than any other pack I own! It is the perfect size for daytrips, the narrow profile does not block range of motion at all if running, scrambling, or hiking with trekking poles. My favorite part is the extended hip belt, which fits a broad range of torsos including mine at 6'4", it's nice to have a smaller pack with a hipbelt that doesn't just hug my belly button, and it's nice having the large cargo pockets for quick access to snacks, camera, etc. There's a lot you can get to without taking the pack off.
I have "customized" mine a bit such as removing the bungee cord and cutting off the grab handle. Integrates well with MSR bladder.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend