I have last year's version of this backpack and I love it. I used it all last season and could not be more pleased. I am 6' 2" and 180 pounds and this pack fits me well. It is not too bulky or constrictive. This pack is durable and has enough room for all the backcountry essentials. However, being only 1600ci it doesn't have a whole lot more room for much else (a hydration pouch, some sandwiches and a extra layer of clothing and a maybe few other things). Although you could probably fit more in it than me because my survival kit takes up a lot of room. Another upside of its size is that you can take it on the lifts at the resorts without a hassle. The rear entry feature is helpful and makes it easy to get into the back pocket. I have only used the ski carry system a few times but it works well and is a great feature. The insulated hydration sleeve is nice and keeps your line from freezing but i had a hard time fishing my L shaped camelback valve through it, I'm sure a straight valve would have been much easier. The fleece lined goggle pocket is a realy nice feature though, the linig is really soft so it won't scratch your lenses. The only negative I have to say about this pack is that the hip belt camera pocket is in a poor spot. It's a nice waterproof, fleece lined pocket, but If you have a camera in it and you go down on your hip too hard you risk breaking your camera (last year i cracked my cellphone screen in it). Overall though, This pack is great and I recommend it. I am sure you will be as stoked about this pack as I am!