This is my second Flapjill pack, after my first--an older model--was replaced by Osprey (thanks, guys!) when it started to show premature signs of wear. Though this newer model is definitely a little heavier than the last pack, I love that it is extremely durable. It has held up to daily use from my commute (via bike or on foot) in town, to overnight trips, to flights around the world, to hiking and collecting mushrooms as I wade through dense forest. It does well in the rain, thanks to its construction and materials. My fuchsia pack--striking but professional, I think--still looks like new! I initially settled on this backpack because I am a smaller woman with a shorter torso, and I am extremely happy with the way this pack fits. While it could easily be adjusted to fit much taller women, the bag on its smallest settings fits me perfectly. The chest and waist straps help to distribute the load when I'm carrying many books and my computer, or a heavy load of water on a long hike. I only wish that Osprey had kept the whistle function on the buckle that was part of the last model. I thought that was an excellent addition and I do miss it on this pack.