This is my goto pack for my local crags or going to the gym to climb. I have to admit... I've beaten the thing to death, and have yet to have any durability issues with it.
At a casual glance it seems a little flimsy. The main zipper is a standard, low gauge zipper that always seems ready to blow. The top compression strap holds a rope well, but with adequate compression it pulls very hard on the stitching, which doesn't appear reinforced. I've stopped carrying a rope on the pack. If I need to carry a rope I'll bring my Black Diamond Speed 40, or just carry a rope bag.
Inner rack loops are nice, and the outer daisy chains hold gear and shoes well. No durability issues there. The outer pocket is great for snacks and shots, and the inner pocket and chalk bag are nice as well.
If you're looking for a day climbing pack for your local crag this is a great choice. Its a little short on space, so if you're hauling food and water for you and your girl or a friend its going to run out of room and comfort fast. Consider the 45 liter version of this pack if that's the case. That version also comes with a decent little rope bag... this one does not.
there are a lot of things i like about this pack, aside from the unique top opening. i especially like the flat, zip pouch inside that says "chalk forever." cuz i like stuff like that. :)
i also like the mesh zip pocket, and the internal clip loops to keep things organized. so, a great assortment of pockets and stash spots that are minimal and actually very useful. the shoulder straps are also very comfortable, and it carries quite nicely (though I've only had a sport climbing load in it). overall, it's a cool design and really functional.
If you sport climb this is a good bag. Holds alot of draws across the top. If you have a rope bag, you can cinch it down to the top of the pack for a workable way to pack in your rope...but...butterfly coil holds in there fine. All in all though if you got a trad rack, go to the bigger one...or even if you just got the extra $40.00.
This is indeed the pack to shoot for if you are a sport climber. Its design is highly functional and very well thought out. All the attributes listed above hold true, you will not be disappointed.
If absolutely had to complain I would say that the waist straps could have pads on them.
By far, THE, bag to own if you're a sport climber. Comfortable, roomy and i love the gear loops everywhere you need them.