So the Dakine product designers were sitting around one day, and said "Hey! You know what? We have totally neglected the Heli-skiers!" Okay. I will probably never use this pack to carry skis. BUT, I can carry a tablet computer, passport, snacks, water, hat, gloves, keys, documents, etc. etc. etc hands free! I plan to use it as an urban pack, somewhere between a fanny pack and a huge nerdy pack which looks dumb in town. It's so flat I can sit or even drive wearing it. I won't need the waist belt, but it folds up nicely, or I may even cut it off eventually. We all know there are hundreds of packs out there and it's hard for manufacturers to target every possible application, but I'm glad I found this (on sale!) for my purpose. And of course if I ever need to use my shovel in Starbucks, I'm totally covered!