Good post. I need a new backpack too. I have been using two Timberland backpacks since about 04', but I been without a bag for about a minute now. The Timberland bags wasn't cheap lol. I lucked up and got the bags off of my school voucher. Now I find myself looking at a lot of bags costing between $70 to $250 dollars, not cool. Plus, I'm going back to school and using the bag to carry my laptop, books, and etc. Finding a good backpack at a low price is hard. However, going to the brands that specialize in making good backpacks is always the best route. That way you can get a really good and long lasting bags. Even if I have to pay a little more.