I bought this pack as a recommendation from a friend who owns the male version. He absolutely loves his so I got one also as other brands I tried weren’t either working for me or weren’t my style.
I bought it on sale through REI, otherwise i would have purchased a smaller capacity pack (but those weren’t on sale).
But the good thing about this bag is that you can make it smaller by removing the lid and the top rolls up or down to make it fit as much or as little as you need. I used my 70L bag as a carry on when traveling to Hawaii with my backpacking gear, as well as a long weekend trip to Utah because I didn’t want to be dragging wheeled bag. I just wish the hip belt had pockets. So i made one out of fabric on my sewing machine and it works just fine. Or you can buy them through GG site for about $20.
This pack is very comfortable, the hip belt hugs my rather larger hips nicely and even if loaded at 34-45lbs it carries the weight well.
I contacted Granite Gear because i needed a hip belt replacement and they replaced it no question, i just paid $8 for shipping.
The straps to tighten the pack are narrow, but they are very durable and strong. Don’t get fooled by their size! These straps are common for Granite Gear bags.
These packs are not very feminine looking, but if you can deal with the shape and color it’s the best pack i have tried throughout the years.