I've barely owned this bag for a week and I'm already confident in saying that
it's going to be worth every penny - it has tons of pockets on all sides, it's
very roomy but doesn't look huge and bloated, the strap is comfortable, and all
the external compartments have very secure closures (zipper/velcro).
I especially love the fact that it doesn't look so large. My previous daily use
bag was a tote which I would constantly lose things in, and it could get very
bulky. This bag holds everything I usually carried around in that tote, but
keeps it nice and neat. The zippered pocket on the flap is great for tucking
small pieces of paper into, like receipts, and the back compartment is padded,
which is comfortable but would also be great for storing a netbook or similar.
The only downsides I can see are the price - for me I think this is a little
expensive (but worth it) and possibly the velcro closures which are really
secure, so if you're a student try not to put things you'll need during class
times into the velcro pockets...!