I've biked with this bag, used it my #2 'personal item' carry-on, worn it to run to and from work, day-pack, thrown in the car 3000 times, + everything in between. It does it all and keeps my stuff dry, 12 years strong. I couldn't imagine this thing every ripping or wearing out. The way the bag opens makes it immune to 'backpack clutter' - this thing stays clean and useful for the long haul. The iconic buckle is a fun feature but to be honest it's so easy to loosen/tighten the main strap with one hand that I never have to use the buckle. The only issue I've had is with the plastic clips fasteners that keep the bag closed - it's understandable that after 12 years in cold weather and rough play one completely broke and the other is on its way (the velcro is also worn out by now). I would love to see metal fastening clips instead of plastic. Seeing as how this is the only (easily fixable) maintenance issue that I have have had to deal with on the bag I would 100% recommend. I'm here browsing for a new bag so that I can pass my old one down to my son - when is the last time you've heard anyone say that about a bag??
Ottawa Ontario Canada