“better than the rest, as they all lack powder coating”...I think. I could probably load it as much as previous packs to see about the stitching (60-90lbs for long walkabout) but likely won’t lol. Okay maybe I will. If I’m out with the dog or another person, and there’s an injury, I could literally dump gear and hoof them out on my back with the m1, I think, probably, if I’m not babying it. I went with the two side pouches which zip to the larger dry bag, and a few accessory pouches which fit to the waist straps for medkit/etc. The only disappointing feature thus far is that I’ll still have to fit the cheapo Trango 2 (11lbser) into the main compartment, as the straps don’t reach that far off the bottom...but basically I could use the pulk sled or just rearrange winter gear : /. Measure out for your needs of course, but you likely can’t do better at the price point than sticking to Eberlestock. I’ve looked at their other packs extensively too, cool beans. They rock! I’m talking kifaru, ul packs, any configured by friends who manufacture packs on the side, or even the specialty packs for shooting. Look at price, load, changes to make, and your next adventure, and look to Eberlestock...my guess is that I could write stuff forever about them, or show you pictures, but I’m too busy to care and do other stuff for life, this is just an honest shout out in the few minutes I can spare. Warmly - Laboradore.