I recently used this pack on my trip to UT. It was great for packing my kids and my lunch for the day with a little room for spare bandana, gloves, and cliff bars, not much else. I said a great little pack. It worked very well for The Canyons which is so big you never know where you will be eating lunch. The ski carrying device worked great and was very easy to load. If you are looking for a backcountry pack look larger at the 20L Heli pack.