I have used the pack a quite a few times for day hiking trips, casual walking tours, and twice for short 2 day travel. The pack feels extremely durable and well built with plenty of space for a two day business trip with running shoes and clothes. The waist straps tuck nicely out of the way when not in use and I am able to carry an Osprey 3L water bladder with plenty of room to carry lunch for 4, 3 water bottles, and snacks.
My only complaint, the shoulder straps are extremely stiff and ride a little high on my back. This is not a bad thing when on day trips where both straps are utilized, but it makes it harder when I want to carry the pack over a single shoulder.
great size backpack
the small zipper at the top which opens the small pouch, snags sometimes. I wish ALL the zippers were large. most are. its lightweight, but the material is very durable, it works good for school, but it might be an overkill for school, unless you carry a lot of books and gear to school this bag might be too big for a normal student. I love the padding, it makes is confortable to use. I wish it had a cell phone or small pouch on one of the front shoulder straps. that would make it a really awesome bag, ive seen it on other brands and I wish I had it. I could put money or id cards and or cell phone or bus pass.
Okay so far - Used only once
Used just once so far, for hiking on snow. Like all the compartments, bladder fits okay. Could use a bigger hole for putting the tube through. Happy for ice axe loop, but requires a good strap at top of pack to secure it. Pack protrudes further than I would like - could use compression straps toward the top. Would like straps or anchors on bottom of pack to lash stuff. Chest strap should adjust even higher for those of us who are small females, but need a larger pack. Could use more substantial waist strap.
Having said all of this, I think I am going to be very happy with this pack. It is difficult to find one with all the details I like.
Perfect For The Active Nerd!
This bag was just what the Dr. ordered! I work downtown, do a lot of sailing, and I dont always go home at night! Its good to have a bag thats strong, comfortable, has easy access, can, hold some personals, dress shoes, laptop, snacks, and a rain parka. 25lbs or more daily and its commom to walk a mile between buses, cabs, subways, and boats. I've tried a few bags :( Thank God for a real Urban Daypack! :))
Large and roomy
I probably could have gone down a size, but it has a lot of room and many pockets for my textbooks and laptop. It's great as a student. It is sort of heavy so I don't know how it would fair for backpacking or similar use, but it has a nice cushion for your back so you might be okay.
Awesome Backpack provides comfort&space
My son is a senior in High School and has gone thru many backpacks during the years. This is his absolute favorite! It is stylish and comfortable. It has enough room for books & a laptop. Most importantly, he says the air vent cushions on the shoulder straps and back of pack make it very comfortable to carry.
I've had one for years and use it for just about everything. A book bag for school, day hikes and travel. It has proven to be very versatile and has withstood a great deal of abuse with no problems. My wife started hiking with me and I bought another one for her. Love the pack.
Very good for light hiking then school
I bought this for my son to go day hiking. Good capacity. He is now using it for school and has the waist straps hidden in the pocket so he is still cool. Looks just as solid as the Jansport I had in college.
Love the Odyssey
Used the backpack as a carryon for heavier stuff on trip to Cancun. Got 6 pairs of shorts and 8 t-shirts (rolled up), notebook, ipad, headphones, cellphone, wallet, watch, junkfood, etc. Easily fit under front seat. Very well thought-out backpack.
Comfortable and does the job!
This is better than the newer Air Odyssey II model. Padding is more comfortable.