Excellent comparison review! My experience with the Condor II was similar to Panzer's. The bag is simply too short for a long torso. In fact, I'd say that for someone over 6 feet, the Falcon II is probably the only viable backpack in the Maxpedition line unless you want the waist belt to become a sternum belt. It also looks somewhat ridiculous; like one of those teenage girls sporting a mini backpack. In reality, at my height (6'4) even the Falcon is a little short at 17.5". 5.11's RUSH 24 fit me much better at 19" (the bottom of the pack fell at my waist). One other tip... for either of these packs, invest in some web dominators and include them in your order. The amount of loose straps on either pack is just ridiculous and very annoying.