Since it unscrews and breaks down its not terrible in a backpack, which I'm not a big fan of either. I only take it out when I'm at a bigger mountain where I like to keep a gatorade with me anyway, along with my phone, and some minor first aid things. I always find my way to the most dangerous trails so I like to stay somewhat prepared. I'm headed out to seven springs this weekend, so it'll be with me part of the weekend. I know where to park at killington and places I frequent to running it back to the jeep isn't a big ordeal either.