Rating: 4 / 5
If you dont have an "SUL" pack yet, and want to try the concept, this $25 pack from REI is a great start. Use a sit pad as the 'frame' and back pad.
When I'm carrying more than this pack can hold comfortably, I loan it to female hiking companions as their UL pack, and they don't complain about discomfort.
Since most of my hiking gear has to be useful in the 'real world', I found this pack is useful to bring along when shopping, to carry purchases comfortably over a shoulder. A day pack in other words.
If I didn't already have one; I'd buy one; they are that versitile.
It gets a 4 because of the ugly pea-soup color they chose for the new ones. Makes me a little nauseous to look at.. :(