This is a great pack for summer and early fall day hikes and side trips from a backpacking base camp. It carries weight well and keeps its shape. Hugs my back like a little monkey. Has a compression cord that can be used to lash on a light fleece of a parka if needed. It's way lighter than anything else in its size class, except for packs that are little more than stuff sacks with shoulder straps--that tend to go pear-shaped. The lack of outside pockets doesn't bother me. On a small pack, water bottle pockets can't be reached when the pack is on, anyway. The only changes I'd like to see would be to make the interior mesh pocket a bit larger and put a loop and snap hook inside it for car keys.