There are so many features on this pack that I decided to read the owner’s manual to determine how to use them as intended by the manufacturer. The sternum strap buckle whistle and the trekking pole quick stow harness features are new to me. Since this pack is the largest I have used so far, I wanted to see just how much the pack would hold. I put one large and one small BearVault bear canister in the pack on top of each other. I loaded the small bear canister in the bottom sleeping bag compartment and zipped it closed easily. I then placed the large bear canister in the top compartment of the pack. The pack swallowed them both and had lots of available room for more gear. I have four week long backpacking trips planned this summer. I am looking forward to fitting all of my gear, food, water and bear canister in the pack with extra space.
When fully loaded, this pack is amazingly comfortable on my hips. The suspension system is well padded and allows for adjustment on the trail. Being able to move the hip belt higher and lower on my hips while hiking is a great option for me. Sometimes I like the hipbelt to be above my hips and sometimes I prefer it below my hips, in addition to the usual location wrapped around my hip bones. With the adjustable hipbelt extender pieces, these adjustments can be made on the trail with ease. The ability to move the hipbelt to relieve pressure points during a long trip carrying a heavy pack is a great feature.