This pack is perfect for what any traveler or outdoorsman needs.
Use the waist belt, and slightly loosen the shoulder straps to shift the weight to the hips. That is what the hip belt on all backpacks is for. Adjust until comfortable. Also, use the sternum strap. It will bring the shoulder straps in tighter to the chest. It will also help prevent the shoulder straps from falling off the shoulders.
The size is perfect and meets the personal carry on for airlines such as frontier so you can load these down and not pay for a checked bag.
What you have fit inside:
Fit 4-days worth of clothing.
2 iphones, ear phones, chargers.
Dry food and 3.5L of water.
Portable stove,flashlight,water bottle
Picnic mat,Sleeping bag,Trekking pole
some other miscellaneous things
There is a waterproof cover in its own zippered compartment at the bottom of the pack. It covers the entire backpack
Bottom pocket allows access to the main one. It is not a separate compartment. Just allows easy access.
The main compartment is the size of the whole backpack.
Mine is 20″h x 12″w x 4.5″ deep.
The belly strap is not removable, but it can be strapped to the pack itself to keep the pack fairly flush against your back without using the strap.