I have had this backpack for nearly two years and have been using it for school every day and camping about once a month. I had seen it around school and on the trail and decided it would be best to pick one up since its difficult to disagree with the masses. At first I thought this bag couldn't take a beating, boy was I wrong. The only problem I saw was that the inside seams started fraying after about 3 days of use, after I checked with a friend who used the bag he had the same problem, so I just went about using the bag. It's still alive and kicking. I think the stow bag right on the outside is a nice touch for anything you want easy access too. During the week my planner resides in there to write my homework, and on the trail my poncho is there just in case it starts raining. This is another amazing product I would recommend to anyone.