I purchased this pack as a solo trip pack or for short trips. It has proven to be a fantastic pack when packing light-ish. I have carried up to 30 lbs in it without much discomfort, but I couldn't see going over that by much. The lack of external storage is a little frustrating at times as is the inability to reach the mesh water bottle pockets with it on. Another con I found is that the loops on the bottom are too short and spaced too far apart for many things I would want to actually carry under my pack. The hood also fits awkwardly when the main compartment is loaded down. Other than that it is a fantastic pack. I can fit my hubba NX 2 person tent, sleeping bag, and air pad all in the pack along with my stove, food and extra clothes. It is nice to have all your stuff in such a small pack with nothing hanging off of it. It also works great as a day pack when you want to be a little more comfortable and carry a little extra.