this pack has been to New Zealand and all over the Canadian Rockies Solid pack, the top part removes to be used as a fanny pack. Side zipper allows easy access to the main compartment without having to take everything out. Has much much life left. It was all the bells and whistles. Compression straps, Hipbelt pocket Ice axe/pole attachment. This pack is made for adventures I cannot longer give it.
MEC is the equivalent of REI in Canada.