Just got back from a four day trip into the Pintlers and have to say I like this pack. It carries very nicely and there are several design features I really like. The adjustable frame is really nice, no more should I get a Medium or Large, this pack can be made to fit torso length precisely to your liking. The hip belt is to die for, probably the best of any pack I've owned-very comfortable, easy to adjust, roomy stretch pockets-wonderful! I like the roll top feature and I really like still having an accessible "top" pocket to keep things handy like hat, gloves, ditty bag, etc. We got rained on at least once every day out and the material seems to very water resistant; it also seems very hardy. I thought the side stretch pockets looked too short, but it swallowed my 1 liter platy w/ no problem (had my pack rod&reel in the other.
The shoulder straps are nicely padded up high, but the padding quickly thins out- too much imo- we're talking fractions of an ounce to continue the thicker padding to termination. I'm not completely sold on the 360 compression setup- too many damn straps, going too many damn ways. I've always liked a nice large front stretch pocket, this pack doesn't have one. With a wet a tent fly and the need for quick access to my rain jacket, this really drove this point home. A couple of small stretch pockets on the shoulder straps seems like a no brainer, this pack lacks them.
Yes a few nit picks, but overall this is a great pack. I'll be keeping my Hornet 46 for shorter/lighter trips. Longer trips and trips into the shoulder season/winter, the Exped will definitely be getting the nod.