Rating: 3 / 5
I'll not be quite so harsh as Mark. I fell in love with the breeze after an 8-day trek across the Beartooths shortly after the pack was launched. Like any typical love affair, day 0 while it still had the tags on it was pure bliss. What a pretty little pack. On Day 2, after carrying 22-24 pounds in it, I hated her. The stinking little tramp cut her shoulder straps into my back so bad I had blisters. But, like any good relationship, where you stick it out and learn to work with each other's weaknesses, I chose to love her again, and never burdened her with more than 18 or so pounds of gear, and I've used the Breeze a fair bit since.
I think my gripe with the pack focuses on shoulder straps that are a tad too robust. The construction could be made "softer", thicker, and more comfortable, something along the lines of the Mariposa or GG Virga. Second, I'd like to see the volume go down. It would limit the use of the pack to people who normally wouldn't know to keep their loads light. Of course, they did do that and called it the "Day" pack, but alas, 'tis no more in the GoLite line.
And it looks like the Breeze is headed that way as well, which is OK. There is room for someone to make a good frameless, belt less pack.
Part of the problem with the Breeze: having Ray J claim that "it works" with 60 pounds of water in the California desert. Absurd. Sure, it won't fall apart, but it's definitely the wrong tool for that job, and this alone was taken by a lot of his readers to mean: "Huh, must carry at least 25 lbs well enough if he can carry 60..."