I used this bag for my first time backpacking trip (Lost Coast) and fell in love with it, so i bought one. I have taken this bag to several backpacking trips from overnighters to multi day trips. The compartments are very useful; you can tell that someone at Osprey sat down and really thought about the placement of the compartments and pockets. The bag is also very durable, and it also looks pretty stylish. I recommend this bag for any beginner backpacker - it is obviously a bit pricier than the other brands here on Amazon, but think of it as an investment! This bag will last you forever.