I purchased the Shooting star about 2 weeks ago and put it to the first test last weekend when I went up the smokies. I absolutely LOVED it. I wish it had a TAD bit more room so I can fit both my waders AND my boots inside the pack but had to to with the boots on the outide with a carabiner. We hiked about 6 miles up and 6 miles back both days and had no problems with the pack or vest. I love the set up of the vest, although I did buy an extra FP fly case. All in all teh pack vest combo is PERFECT. You can use them together ona hike in or drop the pack and just use the chest rig.