I believe one cannot understand the value of a truly well-built backpack and the joy it brings until that person has to carry their world on their shoulders, instead of the backseat and trunk of their car. I don't drive. I'm a Los Angeles commuter, and I bike and Metro my way around. This backpack makes me feel like I'm carrying nothing, whether it's empty or full to the top with art supplies, school stuff, and my laptop.
I can't vouch for any longevity since it arrived yesterday, but I've already taken it for a spin and its great. The material is obviously very durable and well-made, so I can be pretty sure it will last a good long while.
The main compartment is roomy, and carries anything I need. One of my favorite aspects about the backpack is the fact that it can collapse down to a low-profile bag, or expand out to carry a big load. Also, the sternum strap is adjustable, which I particularly love since I'm female, and (ahm ahm) adjustable is good.
The small side compartment is great for phone and keys. And the laptop compartment is beautifully padded, and can fit a laptop, plus a few notebooks and a medium-sided book.
Its well worth the investment, and its actually one of the better backpacks I could find after hours of searching, with a much more reasonable price. Just about everything else was over $150, and many were over $180-$200. Way out of my price range. Also, most of those things weren't laptop compatible.
Super happy about this bag! Five stars, for sure!