Rating: 4 / 5
I like external frames. This is a very comfortable pack, and is easy to adjust. This is clearly not the lightest at 5 lbs, but it's a high volume, not too heavy for all the features, and an excellent price for price sensitive hikers. 7 external pockets plus ample external space for bags and tents, plus 2 large compartments.
There are really only 2 downside to this pack: First, they recently discontinued the pack, but there are quite a few in distribution channel at $90 or less. Second, it squeaks quite a bit, but this is easy to fix. Just take some teflon tape (as in plumbing thread / plummers teflon tape) , wrap the cross bar where the sholder straps meet, and viola', no more squeeks.