Got the Dakine Transfer after being an avid messenger bag guy for the past seven years. I ride my bike to work (2 miles) and wanted something that was like my messenger in that it stuck to my back and had a side pocket so I could get to the essentials quickly. I switched to a backpack because I was tired of having only one sore shoulder and hoped that a backpack would distribute the weight more evenly. This bag delivers! The padding is really nice and I have been able to comfortably fit and carry a Dell E1505 laptop, a 1" binder, a 5lb. textbook, and a change of clothes (not to mention all the little things). Highly recommended.