As a college student in a very snowy city, I have a lot of stuff to lug around that needs to stay dry. The Borealis is the only backpack I've ever owned that holds everything I need and keeps snow, rain and the cold out. On an average day I fit my 15 inch computer (with protective plastic case AND neoprene sleeve), computer charger, sigg, 2 notebooks, 2 books, a pencil case, agenda and my lunch in my bag with plenty of room left over.
I have a very small frame (I'm about 5'3") and the padding and straps fit me very well. I've also noticed that the Borealis makes my computer feel lighter - so that's a nice bonus!
The red color that I bought is gorgeous, and I get compliments on it all the time. It hasn't faded at all, even though it's been dropped in snow and coated with rain. Not even the bottom of the backpack is dirty - yay!
The only thing I'm not a fan of is the amount of straps that hang down. There was about 6 straps coming off the backpack, but I cut off the hip straps (I'm never going to use them) and took off the straps that go right over your chest.
As a very picky backpack shopper, I highly recommend this backpack. It's worth every penny!
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