This backpack is perfect for school, I am in college and it carries all my text books, but yet it still looks pretty narrow on your back âÂ so you don't look like a hunchback wandering around campus trying to keep from falling over backwards. Haven't taken it boarding yet, I have another bag for that, but I think it would be a great bag for riding also. I bought the white one, its a little high maintenance, unless you are dirty and don't care if you look clean, but its worth it, because when its clean, it looks sick. BUY IT!!!