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Bought this for a 10 day backpack trip through Japan. I was able to carry it on, but the length is pushing it. The top flap is great, giving easy access to the map pass. Lots of small pockets to squirrel things away. Back flap access is brilliant, but the top access leaves something to be desired - it tends to flop around when loading or digging (this seems to be standard for chimney style packs). All in all, this is a great pack for travel. Has plenty of straps to balance and compress, carries weight very well and its Dakine so you know it'll last.
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I am stoked on this backpack, fits every thing i ever need to carry and some! If you like to go on lonnng tours when you know you need extra food water and clothing, this is the pack for you. I have gone on overnighters with this pack, stowing all my camping gear and riding gear comfortably. Many great attachment points for random gear, and it holds a snowboard/skis so well. My average load is 20lbs in this pack and it carries it with ease, cinching down nice and snug. Even with heavier loads it seems to do great, and when you have no gear to haul the pack compresses down to the size of any resort size pack... GREAT BACKPACK!!!
holds ski boots for travel back home but is great on the hill.
No problems with it at all. Great size for a lightweight weekend trip or without a doubt any day trip most people could conceive. Great for ski touring, climbing, and just getting all your crap around. Hydration compatibility is awesome, and the ability to access whats at the bottom/back of your pack is a great feature.