I researched backpacks for awhile and most of them are over $50. I'm on a student budget so I wanted someting that was moderately priced but still had the features I wanted. My walk to school is 40 minutes going through cracked side walks, gravel, dirt, etc. and so far the rolling backpack has worked like a dream. It's not completely rainproof but it does wicks off most of the moisture.I would definitely recommend this backpack if you have a lot of books to carry and you don't want to end up hunched back at graduation. I have tried out the straps which don't have a lot of padding but good enough since I used the subway and walked through the airport w/ books and some clothes in the backpack. It's lacking padding for laptops so if you are going to put your laptop in it be sure to have it in a sleeve.