I am a Game Warden, the reason I say that is I own 7 day packs. I own multiple Arc'teryx packs, Eberlestock, Mountainsmith and Camelbak packs. I only buy the best. I am not a consumer, but rather a connoisseur of day packs. My wife thinks I am a freak, but I constantly try to explain to her that every pack serves a different purpose. This pack was to be used for a one month trip to the beaches of Italy. No peak bagging or tactical insertions. Requirements: Laptop carry, multiple pockets for sorting gear to carry on the plane, train and multiple bus trips. Ballistic nylon was a requirement. Low profile so as not to look too ridiculous walking around town with it. At first I wasn't sure about it. Right before I left I had 5 new packs to choose from. Well 2 weeks into my trip I can say it's perfect as a travel pack. It is the perfect compliment to my luggage which is a carry on. It is low profile, narrow, but it carries my 13" Mac Air, Full size headphones, iphone, glasses, sunglasses, magazines, a book a compressible jacket, compact camera and a few other knick -knacks. My daily routine allows me to carry this stuff on buses and trains perfectly in a low profile, stylish pack. I would highly recommend it for this purpose. It is well thought out and super functional.. On a side note I also purchased the Paladin 23L as another potential option. I like the styling of the pack, but didn't like the 600D Granite polyester material. It just felt too cheap to me. Granted with MH's limited lifetime warranty there probably wouldn't be an issue but I am a Ballistic nylon guy through and through.