Agreed - the review was a bit light on meat.
I will agree with the assertion, though. This is the most comfortable pack for large base weights I've ever used. It's in my closet right now and I use it when:
- I'm going a short distance and want to bring more.
- Winter use.
- Family backpacking when I'm carrying extra gear for my young kids.
I LOVE the hipbelt. It is insanely comfortable. I've tried every other Gregory pack, every Osprey pack, etc. and this one's the best for big loads. I also really like some of the features (forward facing water bottle holder, etc.