My son, who is in high school, needed a new backpack with a very large capacity. We chose this backpack in November 2017. We're pleased with the capacity, however, yesterday the teeth on the zipper ripped causing both zipper pills to fall off. We got the pills back on, but the bag can no longer be fully closed. We're in the process of hopefully getting this resolved under warranty. Normally our backpacks last a couple years before needing replacement, so having this break in less than 3 months is pretty disappointing. Hopefully High Sierra stands behind their warranty.
Very compact and durable. Many pockets to separate out various items. Good computer protection. Zipper pulls would be better if they were plastic to reduce the amount of noise when in transit.
I use this as an honors student in high school and it carries everything I need for all of my classes. I have had around 30 pounds in this backpack and the top handle is still in perfect condition. The shoulder straps bear the same amount of weight daily when I swing it onto my back (I have to swing it because of how heavy it is and I am pretty strong so that says something). This is the most durable backpack I have ever had and it is perfect for anyone who plans on trying to carry a large load of something comfortably.
THis is my second Access backpack. I like them because I can hold lots of stuff other than just my business items. I can pack my laptop and files along with a change of clothes and the usual e-reader. recharge cords, etc. My only complaint is the this version is constructed of "stiff" material and the zippers don't slide easily.
I have used this bag in my commute and its very lightweight. It allows air to flow decently so you don't sweat as much. I live in a tropical place and its important for air flow through the back of the back.