This is the best pack I have ever owned. Not only is it great for traveling, it is able to handle my ENTIRE load of course work for college! It does this beautifully, WITHOUT hurting my back. Great adjustment capabilities, great storage, and the laptop compartment is very padded, which is not only nice if you have a laptop, but nice to guard your back from book corners or anything else with odd edges inside the bag. I purchased the plaid, so as not to have the same bag as anyone else on campus, and have recieved SOOOO MANY compliments, totally my style and VERY functionanble!!! Thank you for the great pack at a great price, this will last years!!!