Hi everyone and thanks in advance for your help. I'm a 4th year undergrad who is planning to go to law school next year and I've been using a North Face backpack for the past two years (which, for anyone who is looking for a backpack, I very highly recommend.) I got my backpack after my messenger bag, a cheap one I got from Old Navy, started giving me back and shoulder pains. However, I recently talked to a friend who has been hauling stuff around in his spiffy Timbuk2 bag and he said it's great, no pains whatsoever, which is making me want to go buy a bag now. I've always had a soft spot for messenger bags--they're so much easier to grab stuff out of while you're walking, they're nicer to your books and papers, they stay on you better when you're biking, and they just look sexier in general. The problem is that they don't hold as much, which I'm concerned about as I'm going to be off to law school next year with big fat legal texts to lug around. If I'm going to buy a bag, I want to throw down some good money on a really high quality one, but I don't want to buy something I won't be able to use. So finally my question: do grad students or law students use messenger bags, or is it mostly a backpack world? In other words, if I get a sweet bag now, will I be using it in a year, or will I be going back to my North Face? Thanks again and sorry for the long-winded question!