First off, I'm short and stockyish. 5' and 37" chest. And I love gear bags. Truth be told I have 2 other bags (Patagonia and Simms) that are in the same price range as this Filson. Of course, the Filson is US made and if that is the reason you buy things, then this bag may satisfy you completely. If you don't care about where a bag is made and you want more features than a mere dry bag function, then you should look elsewhere. The Patagonia and Simms are roll top dry bags but with more features (better straps, better back padding, more pockets), but they are really specific to fly fishing. So it's not a fair comparison. The Filson is a decent dry bag (compared to other cheaper bags). It has strong welded seams, tough stitching, but it's a no frills solution--adequate padding, non-proprietary plastic buckles (which is a plus actually) and basic straps. YES, where the straps meet at the top the gap should be wider. However, if you wear the bag a bit off the shoulders it won't pinch you. The bag is definitely not built for the long haul (no padding for your back, basic padding on straps). For the short trip from the car to boat the load will do fine, just be sure to wrap whatever might poke you in some padding. I even rode my bike a couple miles with it on with a light to medium load. It did okay. I'd be careful of packing it heavy and riding a bike (no waist strap, just a chest strap). I have some concerns about how dry it will keep gear when it's submerged completely. There are times when you don't have to fill it completely up and I've found with other bags of this style that the lack of filling results in a less than perfect seal when rolling the top down as far as you can and cinching it. The bag just kind of unrolls itself, even with the back cinched down. I'll test this out with the Filson and will report back. For now, it does the job I need it to. I recently had to carry a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, jacket and a few other items on a boat in case we missed the take out. Carrying everything for a comfortable overnight stay it won't do, but for a quick, light, solution to stay dry from your typical boat splash it does the job.