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Great for campus or the great outdoors

I'm pretty picky about backpacks, and I used to get a new one pretty much every year. However, I've been using the Dakine Campus throughout four years of graduate school, which has included throwing the pack around, trekking to and around campus on foot, camping, traveling (with my 17" laptop), hiking, and hanging at the beach. This is one of the most user-friendly packs I've ever had. The different pockets make it easy to separate books, electronic devices, supplies, and other wares. The support from the straps is also incredible - when I'm traveling, I usually have my 20 lb laptop in the case inside (the protection is great - no problems in over 200 train trips between Portland and Seattle), several books, food, beverages, clothing and makeup. Despite the 30+ pounds I'm carrying on my back, the straps distribute the weight evenly and make it feel as though there is about half the amount of weight. While it has worked perfectly for campus and traveling, I've also found it extremely helpful when either hiking or on an outing to the beach. There's plenty of room for a change of clothes, snacks for 2-4 people, and the insulated cooler is awesome - actually keeps food/drinks hot or cold. Comes in handy when you want to sit down and have a snack and cool water during a day of hiking, or when you're relaxing in the sun and want to enjoy a fresh, cool beer - the cooler section can fit a six pack of cans no problem. Overall, this pack is extremely utilitarian, looks good, and is of high quality. I couldn't recommend it more.

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What size laptop will the bag accommodate? I currently have a 17" which I carry in a Swiss Army bag. But unfortunately it is starting to rip at the zipper seams because it's really only made for a 15" laptop.