I lead backpacking trips for my high school students. I've had this pack since 1995 when the capacity was needed to haul my toddler son's gear. I still value the great fit and ride of this pack now as I did when I hauled changes of clothes and teddy bears. Repaired the waist belt (a burn from a campfire spark), but it still looks new after two decades of hard use. You will wear out before this pack does. Great fit and comfortable and can swallow 10 days of food easily. Full review
Traveled all over the world with this pack. Finally wore it out. Full review
Once you get over the squeaks, it's fantastic. Rides nice, not on your back, air flow over my back, walk upright, spacious. I'm old-school and never really took to a backpack hugging my back and making me walk hunched over all sweaty. Squeaks and creaks, but it takes a huge load and is comfortable and indestructible. Full review
Best pack you can't get anymore. I bought this Jan 2000 before the lightweight craze got going. It has a small upper and large lower internal compartment and the two dive tanks on the back. Workmanship is beyond reproach. If you can fit it in, it carries like a dream. It can be a bit warm as is typical with internal frames. This pack makes you think twice about what you want to carry since it isn't overly large. The outside is simple with just enough places to attach things that don't fit inside. Full review
The Dana Design brand name was discontinued in early 2006. Many of the existing Dana pack designs were re-branded and became part of the Marmot line.