Disclaimer: I am not a thru-hiker nor am I an Ultralight-type camper, but...
I just got back from my trip to Iceland, and this backpack was an excellent choice.
Instead of my regular travel bag, a hefty compartmentalized Tortuga backpack, I chose to go for something more minimalistic and weight-friendly. I knew I was going to be moving around a lot so I wanted something a little less clunky. We had a spare prototype of the 40L Backpack in the office so I decided to take it along to try something different.
This bag has a lot of space despite how compact it appeared to me at first. I was able to squeeze in a week's worth of clothes including all my warm wear (thermals, sweaters, etc.), GoPro stuff, airplane things like a book and small pillow and still had room to spare (the side pockets especially). I regret not taking a photo of all of the things I brought strewn on the ground to illustrate this, but nonetheless, I was impressed. I decided to fold and buckle the waist bands behind my back (is that weird?) and found it to be comfortable and better suited for my needs. The chest pocket also fit my phone perfectly so I could grab it for quick snaps. You basically need your phone/camera in a gunslinging holster position while in Iceland, the whole country is a postcard.
As I disclaimed, I'm not a thru-hiker, I wasn't packing for a multi-day camp, I packed for a excursion-based vacation. And even if you're not doing adventurous activities and changing locations like I was on this trip, I'd recommend it all the same. Obviously, I'm a bit biased, but I genuinely did catch myself feeling how good a choice this was for my travels, airports, trails, tours and all.
I'm going to continue testing it out and perhaps actually go on a hike or two with it and will keep you all posted as per when I do.
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