Rating: 5 / 5
A bit heavy by my current standards, but plenty comfortable. I still pull it out when called on to haul a heavier load, or possibly for winter trips this season.
Purchased on sale in mid 2009. In a few hundred miles of use, I managed to put only two small holes in it (one in one of the water bottle pockets from an unguarded trekking pole tip and oddly enough one in the cordura bottom, not the silnylon body, presumably from a rock or stick). Neither hole has grown since first observed, and I have done nothing to patch them.
My biggest complaint is that the hydration tube ports are ridiculously small. No chance my mouthpiece fits through.
I also wish it had an outside stretchy vertical pocket (like ULA packs, for example), but I also love the pair of compression strags back there. Great for attaching snowshoes, etc.
The compression straps over the waterbottle pockets have annoyed many, but were fine for me (not carrying bottles), and served as extra insurance that items in the side pockets don't fall out.
The pack as a "fat at the bottom"/"wide hips" shape to it, getting narrower and rounder towards the top.
Sometimes the plastic frame squeaks against fabric a bit.
Pack body is reasonably water resistant.
The nice thick back padding can sometimes soak up a good bit of sweat, but when dry, servers as a great part of a sleeping pad system (e.g., under the legs).