"This item was used over a 2month backpacking holiday through S. America. Overall it is smaller than other backpacks but this is a positive because it really prevents you from overpacking. As a result it is a very comfortable and light pack to carry. The only negative I would point out is that it doesn't have a lot of little compartments inside or on the sides to store things and if you need that you're better off with another type of pack. However, it does have a waterproof fly cover which stores compactly on the bottom side of the pack and the top part features a handy, always-accesible pouch in which to place frequent use items. This is an excellent pack and I highly recommend it!"