I do not skate anymore but found the design extremely practical. The pack is great looking and very versatile. I am a bicycle commuter, student and farmer's market enthusiast. The Nixon
works for all very well. The fit is fantastic. It is pretty sleek and doesn't have anything hanging out or excessively wide. The pack feels great on the shoulders and I usually ride with 25 pounds plus without a problem. The side access is invaluable. Just swing the pack around to one shoulder and you can easily get to your belongings in the big compartment. I backpacked through Costa Rica for two weeks with only this pack and being able to get things while in a line (passport, money) was very convenient. The material did a great job keeping my stuff dry too. It is like a very tough tarp material. Also, I have found the skate straps valuable to hold other things like a helmet, sweater, yoga mat, whatever you can clip to them. The only thing I wish was better would be the quality of side mesh net bags
. They do the trick but after a year I can see the fatigue in the material. Granted I always have a water bottle, apples or paper work stretching them to their max. However, had a north face
bag for years that still has that same elasticity as the first day I bought it. Overall I am very pleased with this bag. I have many bags
but always come back to this one.