Great for what it is
I've used this pack multiple times through multiple airports and long trips. The adjustable "tension band" thing for water bottles is great, and that compartment zips up nicely when not in use. The opposite compartment is great for a compact camera, and has the soft lining. The behind-the-neck compartment is fine for glasses/goggles, but I usually clip on a hard case to one of the straps. Main compartment storage size is fine, when filled up I can still cram it under the airplane seating in front of me. Zippers move pretty smoothly, if you're in a shady 3rd world country, I suggest something to fasten the zippers. Dakine does sell a cable lock thing. That might prevent fast hands. Took this pack to mostly hot humid places, and has held up fine, didn't get too sticky on the sweaty back. The lil adjustable chest strap thing helps out a log in preventing slop.
The best part about this pack is how well it secures to your body. A great attribute for highly physical activities because it moves with you. Took a decent fall while climbing and it stuck to me like glue. I actually bought this pack for around town EDC, but it has become a favorite to take to the hills for short outings as well. The pack is very low profile so I don't feel like I'm pulling a trailer as I do with most packs. Gives up some capacity to accomplish this, but still holds my winter parka, gloves, hat, laptop, socks, medical kit, granola bars, and water bottle. in the main compartment. The other compartment is fairly shallow but holds a couple spiral notebooks and I use the organizer for pens, flashlight, leatherman, bic lighters and phone. Keep a couple contractor trash bags, some para-cord, bandana and a roll of 1" gorilla tape in the zippered compartment. I only have 2 complaints about this bag. They are more a reflection of my needs than the bag because the bag is a solid build and design. First, the side pockets are a little small. I use one to hold extra mags, one for a couple Israeli bandages, and one for my sunglasses. The fleece lining is nice. Just wish they were a little bigger. Or at least had one big enough to hold a water bottle. Secondly, I wish the zipper pulls were a little larger. The size and design may or may not fit your needs, but it's quality design and build. I should also add very comfortable.
Lots of pockets, good padding
This is a great backpack for every day use and travel. There are tons of pockets on it. There is decent padding for your netbook (a larger laptop won't fit in) and a good amount of compartments for pens and other things. The amount of straps on it can get a little obnoxious if you don't intend to use them. When you "strap in" this backpack feels very secure and sturdy. I like the depth of the backpack as it is more compact and stylish unlike some deep puffy backpacks. For capacity reference, I fit 8 loose red bulls, 2 cans of soda and a 6 pack of sam adams bottles and the main compartment was full but not over-stuffed. The fleece lined compartments are a nice touch. The backpack advertises that you can strap your snowboard to it, but I don't think I'd use it for that purpose ever.