Carries as nicely as any messenger using the supplied shoulder strap. Tons of room (think Jansport Classic type of room). Loads more like a backpack than a messenger due to the taller size. Does great as a lumbar pack; barely feel the weight at all (my test cargo weighed in at 13 lbs). The straps on the bottom are good to hold a windbreaker type jacket, small light tarp, etc. while the front shock cord can also hold about the same. If you intend to load this out to capacity, the Mountainsmith Srappettes would be a great add on. I use this pack for both my work commute and for hiking so far; I've had a load out for a light overnighter but haven't had the weather to try it out yet (you're not taking your sleeping bag or wool blanket with this pack). I'm happy to say it's completely at home in the woods or the city.
My son loves his camping backpack. He's had it almost a year and it has held up well. He has crammed it FULL of everything and have yet to have any issues with fabric or zippers. It fit him perfect... he is about 5'8" and 117lbs
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