I have used the pack for about a year. Material and parts (such as clips) appears to hold up to wear well. It isn't a ultra-durable pack (wouldn't expect it as it is a medium-to-light pack). Features are reasonable. Pockets are well throught out, especially the large kangroo pouch on the back. Padding is thin, but suprisingly comfortable. Pack is easy to adjust (waist adjustment is awesome!). Ventilation is quite good. I use it for weekend backpacking trips or long day hikes. Suspension is excellent fo 30lbs or less. Overall I feel this pack is a better alternative to some options provided by Osprey that seem very delicate.
Cons: Due to the ventilation system, it is NOT good for heavy loads (35+). This is a lightweight pack, treat it as such. Ventilation system also makes packing a little tricky, especially with a water reservoir. If you try packing your a gear a couple times, it becomes quite simple. Pack straps squeak on the shoulders sometimes...easy to fix.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend