This is the most comfortable pack I have found so far. It is great for long weekends. I love all of the features on this pack. All the pockets and easy access points throughout the bag. The hip belt pockets are perfect for an energy bar and multi-tool or iPod. But it packs away everything you need. I have carried 30+ lbs. for a weekend and the pack does not feel like it weighs as much. Also I am a bigger guy and usually sweat a lot with a bag of this size on, the mesh back panel makes it much more comfortable, especially after 8-10 hours of hiking. The air flow system in the back panel will keep you fairly dry and comfortable during your hike. This is a great pack for day trips and weekends!