Rating: 4 / 5
I've used mine on a good few hikes now. The hip-belt does indeed slip, and the shoulder straps can eat into your neck/shoulder area if you're not too careful. The tiny buckles used for the compression straps on the sides, aren't all that strong. One cracked in half, but I found that if I eliminate them completely (modest weight loss) I can still use the compression straps just fine, tying a simple hitch.
I have stopped using the top, detachable part. Which brings me to the moral dilemma; do I, or do I not cut off the now defunct compression straps here?
All in all, it's a light and versatile pack. And I am continuing to enjoy it. I love the pole stashing straps on the side, as I only like to use poles on extreme uphill or downhill. I also appreciate being able to dig into the side mesh pockets without having to take the pack off. and the hip belt pockets are very handy too. I also appreciate the drain-hole in the front pocket that actually works when stashing a wet tarp to dry.