This pack is just what I needed for school (I'm an "older" student). I carry a bunch of heavy textbooks, and it just feels secure and solid. Rolls around easily. The slide handle goes "tall" enough for me (I'm 5'8) There are side-mesh pockets for water bottle, head phones, etc. Inside the front section there are pen slots and a pocket, I like that the bottom is solid and there is room enough that my texts don't get curled corners. The cloth handle to lift it, feels secure (I think I carry about 30 lbs). This pack is perfect for me and so is the price! Plus the shipping was only $2.99. I like that. Oh yes, and it does have the the thick padded straps if you want to carry it on your back. I highly recommend this "Pack on Wheels".