Rating: 5 / 5
This internal semi-frame pack is the cat's meow for loads into the 25-30 lb. range (I've never needed to carry more-- so I haven't encountered it's upper limit).
Made by a small cottage firm good enough to allow one multiple options, you obtain a semi-custom pack that is well under 2 lbs. fully tricked out and robust enough to use for off-trail activities. A super option is the belt mounted pockets for camera, 1st aid kit, lots of energy bars, you name it. Capacious and comfortable for a week's journey or thru packing the PCT. Overkill for an overnight.
Because this pack is made of more robust materials than many UL packs in it's class,it weighs a bit more--but you won't have to baby it around granite or the occasional manzanita thicket. The pack also has the ability to be very capacious which is nice for both thru-packing and using the pack in winter.
Between the 1/4 length framesheet and using a z-rest(I use a cut down one) or similar pad,most people will find that this gives ample support and will not miss full length framestays.
In sum, this is an ideal pack for the trail hiker who also likes to explore off trail and provide long service w/o blowing out. A great blend of capacity, toughness,comfort and minimal weight.
It fully deserves the full 5 ( well, 4.9 anyway).