I have the Surge and I love it. The padding is pretty good for the laptop, since it has its seperate compartment that is slightly raised off the bottom of the backpack. There is a small pocket at the bottom where you could put some more padding, which imo, isn't needed.
thanks!dakine makes some cool backpacks that have notebook sleves, i have been using one for about 2 years now and love it, they take alot of abuse and pad the laptop well. has held up to 2 snowboarding seasons also, so it takes abuse of all types, its also extremely water resistant, as long as you dont submerse it in water your stuff will stay dry.