I have used this bag to travel all over Europe, go on winter day hikes, haul loads of groceries, and go to class. This pack can do it all. The pockets are so convenient for hiking and for day-to-day work/school items. My only criticism is that the hip belt might be a bit sturdier, but I tend to consistently overpack this bag... the zippers have held up well despite this! The adjustable straps and generous side pockets allow me to carry everything from large water bottles to yoga mats and coats on the exterior of this bag without issue. The laptop and other internal sleeves are great for stashing folders, books, tablets, and re-usable grocery bags while leaving plenty of room in the main pocket for whatever else. On the trail the big zipper openings come in handy for finding things at the bottom of the pack and there are loops that hiking poles can be carried on. I have even used gear ties to carry snowshoes without a problem on this pack. If you are looking for a versatile backpack, you have found it.