I'm closely following Solgaard since their lifepack campaign on Kickstarter a few years ago. Besides the Lifepack I bought a Hustle from them too. This backpack is my replacement for the Lifepack. Why replace it if I was happy with it ? First the lock was not functioning properly lately. Then the Lifepack came with this quite large solar charger / Blutooth speaker which I believe was taking too much place from the life compartment. Plus to be honest I love the design of the LIfepack Lite. This new Lifepack Lite is gorgeous.
It misses only a couple things hence "only" 4 stars. The LIfepack had a rain cover. Sure I didn't use it much but if you're a serious "all seasons" traveler it's great to have. Then again even without the solar charger the life compartment remains a bit small. I took the Lifepack Lite as my only bag for a short travel (one night off). It was tightly packed with a polo, a pair of socks, underwear, a small pouch for toiletries as well as a razor. Well it's all about work life balance and the balance isn't yet perfect (the pro compartment has more room). Long story short even with this little downsides I love Solgaard backpacks. I use either the Lifepack Lite or the Hustle every single day.