Been a lifelong Eddie Bauer backpack user (15 years now). This pack was a big disappointment. The chest/ shoulder straps are attached only by a button. Mine soon popped off, unbeknownst to me, and are now lost forever. That's a poor design feature. The side mesh pockets stretched out from 1-2 uses and now will no longer stably hold a cup or bottle of water without the risk of it falling out. The front zipper pockets (all 3) only open in one direction (unlike the other zippers) which makes easy access to those pockets burdensome. Other than that the pack has been pretty good, but don't think it is worth the cost at $80+.