Rating: 2 / 5
I bought two of these packs, one for myself and one for my wife.
After two years of use the packs have held up well, but we have both found that the load rating is VERY optimistic ... The pack becomes uncomfortable at loads above 20 lbs, very uncomfortable at 25, and 30 and above are UNBEARABLE.
There are way too many straps, bells, and whistles on this pack as well .... I don't want to spend 10 minutes adjusting my pack when I should be hiking.
The bucket pocket, altough it allows you to stuff everything but the kitchen sink in the pack (and would probably fit that as well), pushing this pack well above the 3000 cubes it's supposed to be, it's also very easy for things to get lost in the bottom of the bucket, and it's hard to stay organized.
Look at a Vapor Trail or ULA instead.