This is the 4th or 5th Dakine pack I've purchased and I continue to be impressed with their product.
This version of the Blade is a definitely a step up from the 2009/10 version of the Poacher, which I had to have modified by a tailor to fit my needs. Access via the top of this pack is a bit different than past Dakine packs, but it seems to work well. The separate compartments of this pack are great and the overall size allows me to use the overhead bins on the smaller regional jets many airlines use to service smaller airports. As usual the straps are much longer than needed, but a good sewing machine takes care of that issue real quick.
Great pack overall
cant wait to see how it holds up in the mountains and on the beach.