LOVE this backpack!
I researched backpacks for probably a month before finally deciding on this one and I am so happy with my decision! I've had it for about a month now, and I use it for school 4 days a week. This is by far the best backpack I have ever owned. I am a nursing student, so capacity was a huge selling point for me. I usually carry about two to three 2-3" books, plus my 17" laptop, one or two smaller textbooks, and a notebook, and there's still room to spare. The backpack doesn't look bulky when full and it is so comfortable to carry. It actually feels lighter carrying the same books that I would carry in my old backpack. I had a momentary panic when I got it and the tag said the sleeve fit a 15" laptop, but Backcountry was correct - it DOES fit a 17" laptop! The side pockets are nice and deep - I carry a 32 oz water bottle (not a Nalgene - it's taller and thinner) and there's only about a 1/4" of water bottle underneath the cap that extends above the pocket. I can carry a ton of pens, pencils, and office supplies in the pen pocket, which is also nice and deep for shoving other stuff in. I'm looking forward to using this backpack for a long time to come!