From my experience, all products no matter their price, their type or their brand label, have negatives, even if it is only one.
The question you must answer before buying a specific product is how much these negatives affect your style, and how can we (possibly) overcome them.
So let’s write some negatives and see how can these affect my needs (in random order):
1. Although I have tested and used the backpack with full payload outdoors many times the last 4 months, I cannot say 100% how long the top and bottom orange locking straps will hold. They look and feel rather cheap, although they do their job till now as my tripod was always there on the bottom and so far, I didn’t had any issues carrying it. In case I have any broken straps in the future, I will update this review.
2. The pocket on the belt is rather small, I would like it to be a little bigger, or even better, to have one pocket more on the other side.
3. There are no pockets on the shoulder straps. It would be great to have some small pockets there for small stuff, like batteries or memory cards.
4. In order to access your gear and although there is a front panel as mentioned before, you still have to leave your backpack down to the ground.
Practically this means that if the ground is wet or muddy, the back side will get dirty.
It is something to keep in mind, but personally I cannot say that this is a negative for me, as I was fully aware about it.
What I’m trying to say is that since I was looking for a front opening hatch as also an aluminum frame on the back, then in that case the back would obviously have to be more exposed to dirt etc. If the opening was on the back (like in the case of Flipside), then it couldn’t be possible to have an aluminum frame.