I will start by saying I love the pack, even with just a 4 star review. I'm going to focus on some things that kept me from giving it 5 stars.
-The shoulder and hip straps are not solid. They are a foam zig zag pattern as you can see in the picture. They are comfortable enough, but not quite as comfortable as I would have liked as they concentrate more than standard straps.
-As the title says, it's a little minimalistic. I knew what I was buying but after using it on a few trips I would have appreciated a few more outer pockets/places to clip gear to.
-One of the clips was put on backwards on its strap. Very minor detail, just a little surprising quality assurance didn't catch it.
-The access flap into the main compartment is great, just a hassle when everything is clipped
All that being said, this is a great pack with some great features. The built in rain fly is awesome, hip pockets are great, and the fact the whole pack is lifted off the back is fantastic. I knew what I was getting into so all my points could have been foreseen but even so I think it's a great pack that will be accompanying me on my thru hike of Vermont's Long Trail!