I was in need of a new backpack after finally wearing out my 10 year old TNF Recon. I just got a new 14" laptop so safely carrying that was a priority. I also wanted pockets and places for carrying other assorted things like pens, portable hard drives, ipod, etc. The Surge has it all. Aside from the padded laptop slot, which fits snugly against your back, the Surge has three compartments. The main compartment is perfect for books, clothes, and any other larger items. The middle compartment has a lot of smaller pockets for organizing medium sized items and for things you need quick access to. The front pocket has even more zippered compartments and a nice padded pocket for your mp3 player. The bottom of the Surge has a small zippered pocket for carrying your laptop's power cable. The outside has two water bottle pockets and compression straps. On top of all of this, it is completely waterproof. I ride a Genuine Scooter's Stella, so this thing is subjected to ALL the elements. I ride all year round and the Surge has protected my stuff from thunder storms and even sleet.
This is the ultimate urban backpack for those needing laptop storage (up to 17") plus plenty of space for books and other electronics. I hope this pack lasts me another 10 years.