I was impressed with the light weight of the bag. However, the lightweight fabric is nearly transparent, so if you don't want to see your stuff from outside the bag, you might not like that. The bag is narrow and therefore not hugely roomy and if I were hiking alone, I might not have room for more than a couple of days' food supplies. Also, I felt that the mesh pockets at sides and back (for water bladder) could have been a little deeper, especially the back one which I used for the hydration bladder. I liked the small waist belt pouches for trail mix. There are no internal compartments to keep weight low. All in all, I was very happy with the bag, especially at the sale price. I am very happy with the light weight and it looked sporty.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend