Bought this bag for international travel. We needed to be able to securely lock the back and carry it easily. Our backpacks have too many straps and often get unzipped in airport handling. We were able to move quickly from baggage claim to various gates to transport to our accommodations using the backpack straps. I'm 5'2" female and I carried it fully loaded.
We did use reusable shopping bags inside this unit to organize our clothes easily for various stops along the trip. That worked great. We have plenty of room for shoes, clothes, hiking boots, the works!
If you have serious hiking to do, get a traditional backpack with cushion and internal structure. If you need a easily mobile bag that can be locked and can withstand the rigors of airport baggage processing, than this bag is perfect.
Reviewed by: Beth from San Francisco.