I use my new backpack to carry my skateboard and my pool/park/downhill items: helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, slide gloves, a towel, skate tools, sometimes a sweatshirt, my cap, mp3 player, sunglasses. Everything fits nice with room to spare. The backpack is really great looking and well made. It is light, middle sized and comfortably to carry. I have not used it to carry books or a notebook, since I bought it for sports stuff, but this backpack would be really useful for school: it has a lot of space, a dedicated and protected notebook section (I would say for up to 14,5" inches), and lots of organizing little pockets on the front section. It also has an insulated pocket that could be very handy to carry snacks/cans. It has two side mesh pockets, I use one of them to carry a cooler bottle. Dakine is known for their quality, which is the main reason why I chose this backpack. I did not regret the decision.
Sick Pack. Handy compartments, great for my MacBook Pro 13". Would recommend Altrec and Dakine always. In order to get 15% on my next order I have to write a review and it has to be a long one too? I guess I'll keep typing. Thanks for the nice bag tho Altrec, in all seriousness!
Bought this for my college freshman son, after his original DaKine backpack finally needed replacement after five years of heavy daily use. He wouldn't even consider another brand name. He loves this one just as much as his old one -- great construction, great features. He uses it daily to lug around school stuff, including laptop, and also uses it as carry-on luggage for traveling.