Rating: 4 / 5
The Ghost made me a fan of panel loaders. My husband and me have a 2002 model (the blue style). It was the pack that got me into going light. I still use the Ghost on certain trips. I like that I can attach my tent on the outside, so I can pack up everything in my tent in the morning, then jump out and break the tent down. This works well on cold and wet trips.
I often fit my Prolite 3 pad in one of the side mesh pockets, and use the compression strap to hold it place.
I now have a Seraph, which fits me much better. My only issue with the Ghost was the torso size. I am a 15" torso, and the Ghost is a 16-18" torso. The pack starts to slip and slide down my rear after a couple miles. The Seraph is a ladies model, with a shorter torso. It does not have the issues. For my husband, the Ghost works excellent.
While built to last, it isn't comfortable if you get over 27-30 lbs in it. You also have to like wearing your pack like a turtle. I have carried a weeks worth of gear so far in the pack, and still had some space left. I like how I can pack it up, and slowly zip it close, while packing in more items. If one likes stuff sacks, this method does not work well. I do the "stuff and cram into corners" method of packing.
If you can find one in a close out sale, it is a fantastic buy on a great pack. I found my Seraph for under $60 recently.