We always use the Smart Alec when taking any long day hikes. We fill each of the side pockets with
water bottles and use the large organizer pouches on the inside to store sandwiches and snacks. In case
the weather is cool then we store a jacket in the outside bungee cord. We also pack Kiya's water dish
inside along with a few snacks for her also.
I truly believe that the Smart Alec could be used as the only backpack you would need if traveling light
overseas especially if one utilized the packing cubes for the large inside compartment. Hopefully on our
next trip I can test this theory.
For comparison purposes our model stands 5' tall (;