Tales from the trail
This is a perfect pack for my daily use needs. Its design is flexible to accommodate a lot of stuff or very little. It's small enough, though, that you can't go too overboard and regret the weight of unnecessary stuff. I didn't quite understand the rain flaps at first. I put a key ring in the grommet in one flap, tied a loop of leather shoelace in the other flap and link the two with a mini carabiner. If you make the loop the right length, it pulls the sides in just enough such that when the pack's main flap is buckled down, the mouth of the bag is fully covered. Without this, the mouth of the pack can be slightly exposed so that rain could get in. I wouldn't necessarily suggest that FR includes a Paracord or leather lace loop and carabiner like I made, but that is only because it allowed me to figure it out myself and make my own solution. The Premium upgrade features are worth it. I had an Ogio and a North Face pack that both had failed stitching on the straps after just 2 years of use on each. No more of that. I'd have been money ahead to just buy this one once.