I purchased this pack for a 4 day 3 night Bear hunt in the NY Anderondacks. Being my first overnight deep woods hunt I packed WAY to much. My pack was over 60lbs. I used the spike duffel inside with my base camp and the super spike zipped on the outside with my extra clothing and light items. The 4 1/2 mile pack in was rough but even with all the weight the pack was comfortable. It didn't dig into my sides or shoulders. It put the weight on my hips as advertised. I'm 6ft 3in so adjusting the shoulder straps out of the box was necessary. Once at the base camp it was so nice to pull the 2 duffle bags, zip up the middle and instantly you have a light super flexible day pack. I can emphasize enough how awesome it is to have the scabbard. It was so nice to be hands free when walking or even still hunting. Its really easy to pull out while on the back. The cloth used in this pack is also very quiet. It is something I wasn't even considering when I was looking for a pack but was really happy once i was in the woods still hunting. Overall I'm very happy with it. I needed this trip to learn how to pack it. Next trip will hopefully have my pack in weight under 50 lbs. This pack us super versatile and ultra rugged. Again it was my first deep woods hunt. I put in 26 miles with this pack on my back the whole time. I expected some serious wear and tear on my shoulders and hips but had none. The straps and harness are amazing. Can't wait to use it again and hopefully use it to pack out my game.