Is this the newest version with a removable hip belt and removable frame sheet?
It does have a removable hip belt and the internal frame bar could be removed as well. Not sure about the 'frame sheet'. I have this bag and LOVE IT! I just took it to Europe for 3 weeks and it has also been on a 3 day backcountry trip with me. Good stuff all around.
No--the one I purchased (Aug 2009) does not have a removable hip belt or removable frame sheet.
Yes it is a great pack and anyone would be totally satisfied with it size and function, very versital my girl friend first used it as a carry on for our trip to the Philippines than once their she took it on hikes and site seeing it was great and we never took the belt off because it tucks in nice but it is easily removed as well as the frame! Great pack!
Hope this helped,
Yours truly. John
Nope. This version's hip belt and frame sheet are not removable. Still a great pack though. Makes a fantastic airline carry-on that often allows my wife to skip checking a bag.