I'v had this baby since my sophomore year of high school. Since then its seen seven or eight countries, gone on countless vacations and day hikes, carried my books to school rain or shine 5 days a week and is still holding up remarkably well. Sure two of the buckles are broken, but thats because i accidentally stepped on them 3 years ago. The back panel fabric is a little ripped, but yours would be too if you had to sit on the things i set this pack on. Its had everything from hot wax to beer spilled on it and held everything from cases of beer to laptops to outerwear. Bottom line, i have put this pack through hell over the last 5 years and it has never failed me. If you want a super reliable pack to hold whatever you want look no further. When i eventually retire this pack i will replace it with a another TNF pack.