Fits large 3-ring binders! Nice, BIG pack!
My middle-school kids need to carry a heavy, 3 inch, 3-ring binder to school every day. This backpack fits that with much room to spare, and still has space for lunch, a couple textbooks, a music stand, and a 15" laptop. (I'm guessing it actually holds a lot more than the kids can carry!) I looked at several other brands of backpack, but either the width was too narrow to fit large binders or the bottom material and zippers felt flimsy, even on packs of comparable volume. This pack feels solid but not stiff, fabric is thick and reinforced, zippers are chunky, and the padding in the laptop slip-pocket is pretty good. My 13" mac moves around a bit too much in the pocket, but a 15" would fit perfectly. Not a deal breaker--just will use an extra case to take up space. Our main reason for buying was (the great price!) and the large, central compartment rather than a pack that's highly organized with many pockets. This is a good mix--a VERY large center compartment separate from the cooler pocket and a (fleece-lined) tech accessories and sunglasses pocket. If you like having a pocket or compartment for every last thing, this is probably not your best choice, although it is certainly functional for most. Our second reason for buying was the presence of a sternum strap to stabilize a heavy load on a skinny kid, and this performs well and adjusts easily. Overall, a great bag for middle- high school and college students, or for packing for a weekend trip. Unless you're also packing clothes for the gym, this pack in the 33 lg would likely be overkill for daily commuting, and the lack of a separately-accessible laptop compartment might bother some who need easy-access for frequent travel. Additionally, it's a bit large and long for those of us who are height-challenged!
My 7th grader picked this out. Today was the first day of school and he loved having this pack. He said it has very comfortable shoulder pads. The organizing section with pockets is great for all his small items but the inside is large and roomy for all his books and such. I loved the insulated front pocket. It will be great for cold snacks on days when he is buying school lunch.
Nice size, good pockets, definitely recommend! I like the design, and the laptop sleeve is great! It holds a ton of books, my luchbox, everything that you need!