Got one in 2011 for a high school backpack. I tried different bags and brands. This bag has been my Go to Bag every time. Other bags are too stiff and rough, they easily tear at the straps, discolors with outdoor usage, or have major zipper problems. I have used this backpack for school, hikes, commuting, sports bag, air travel, road trip, and military. Been in the cold Northeast, California desert, and Carolina humidity. I've beaten, thrown, washed, dropped, and overloaded it. This is a great backpack model with the only things to improve on my older model is reinforce the top grab handle, make the bottom of the bag durable like adding a rubber layer, and add loops to effectively add items but without off balancing the backpack. I would recommend this pack to someone who wants a long lasting bag that will out last any trend or fad.