This is my first external frame. I wanted something to which I could tie customized modular components. I tend to compare it against frames that cost 2-3X. In that light, a 4* frame that works for me is a bargain. For its price, I'd almost rate this frame a 5* frame. Almost.I put 65# on this frame, and carried it for 3 miles, +2000 vertical feet. It's probably the last time I'll ever do that! But not because of the frame. The harness adjusted well to me. Remember before you gripe: Packs are made adjustable and need to be adjusted! Despite the weight, the load was comfortable. I am happy with the frame and will probably use it the rest of my life.There are, however, reasons I could not rate this frame better than 4* and would probably rate it 3 1/2*, were it possible. One reviewer complained of the shoulder strap coming undone, making a difficult hike nearly impossible. That is one reason I took a hard look at the webbing. The other reason is that the webbing looks cheap, and it is. (Consider the price.) The webbing on the shoulder harnesses was very light-duty for a pack rated 75#. However, the killer is that the straps were stitched, and on one strap the stitching was only 50% complete and was loose! (Would have broken on me had I not caught it.) Furthermore, I think stitching is a weak frame connection and should not be used. I ripped the seams on both sides (where the strap connects to the frame) and tied it on with a figure-8-hitch, the way I want it done. The knot required an extra 8 inches of webbing, making the strap almost too short. Thus, following the maiden voyage, I have replaced the two shoulder straps (30" long) with two heavier & longer straps. I had the straps on hand, so I cannot suggest a price. However, a bit of webbing is cheap. For this sloppiness, I dock the frame 1/2*.I like the frame. It is light-weight and (now) strong. I could find no complaint with the (metal) frame: Welds are solid; it is rigid & strong. The harness could certainly be better, but not for the price paid. If my rectified harness fails me, I'll fix it; and I don't expect that to happen very soon. Someone buying a naked frame is going to have to get involved with it and should expect to have to make it work. Otherwise, they should buy a factory-configured setup.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]