Rating: 5 / 5
I rate this pack a 5. I also have its smaller brother the GoLite Race, which I gave my son.
For 2 pounds, not including the water reservoir, I believe this pack is fully functional and comfortable for up to 22 pounds total weight. Beyond that it starts to get uncomfortable for me.
I like the zippered pockets on the hip belt for easy access to compass, GPS, knife, trail food, light or whatever small items you want. The 5 external mess pockets allow plenty of room for items like tarp, poncho, fuel, first-aid kit, drying socks, etc.
I agree with Kevin that there is no need, at least for me, for the full length daisy chain, but those can easily be shortened and the excess removed. I do however like the straps shown as a ‘helmet holder’ for holding my trekking poles in place while in transit as well as quick access to an outer shell.