I took the Verve 7 pack out on a mountain bike ride that was just over three hours. The Verve was very comfortable; especially the back panel. At times I barely noticed I was wearing a pack. When I went to use the pack for the first time I noticed that the hipbelt was reverse threaded though the one end of the fastener. This was easily fixed by removing it from the fastener and re-threading it. My favorite feature so far is the added stretch pocket on the sternum strap. I was able to place my MP3 player in the pocket along with my lip balm. I could even access the controls of the MP3 player while it was inside the pocket.