This is a great bag for students, commuters, or anyone who wants a functional and high quality bag. I am a student that commutes to school on a bike most days. I usually have my macbook, folders, binders, lunch, and music scores with me which fills the bag to the max. The side strap helps A LOT while biking so that the bag does not shift at all. The padded strap is nice but I wish it gripped my body a bit more - it's not slippery but a better gripping rubber would have been nice. The bag has plenty of pockets for writing implements and other accessories and looks more professional than my previous backpack These bags stand up to anything and if you're looking for a high quality messenger bag, you can't go wrong with Timbuk2.