So, when the Axiom 18 got restocked, I grabbed one, only to notice that it was carrying lopsided. On close inspection, I saw that one strap anchor on the bottom was over 1.5 inches higher than the other. They took it back easily enough, and the next one was fine. Sadly, the Axiom 18 isn't quite for me, with a bit too many pockets, not versatile enough, and having that weird center padding, so I started looking closely at the Fast Pack Scout, but when I went to the store today, the two in stock had serious asymmetry problems. One of the Scouts I looked at had one strap anchor sewn halfway to the bottom, while the other was properly placed. The second Scout had more symmetrical anchor points, but still, one was sewn a bit over the edge, causing the anchor to not lay smoothly across the body. Also, the spacing on the bottom of the bag was ridiculously asymmetrical. These weren't just cosmetic issues, you could feel the bag pull more to one side. To make matters worse, they appeared to be putting one of them back on the rack, even after pointing out the defects. I've had lots of bags, many completely handmade, and while stitching may not be perfectly straight, or padding may have some cosmetic issues, I've never seen this type of quality control problems from any other manufacturer. It's a shame that they put so much effort into making bags that last, while allowing so many other quality control problems out the door. I'm bummed because the Scout was otherwise looking like an excellent choice for me, being nice and small, not tactical looking, and having a bit of versatility with the hideaway beaver tail and cinch straps. It was also really comfortable. So, now I'm looking to as close to the Scout as I can get. Needs to fit in an urban environment, be good on foot and bike, and fit me (I'm 5' 6", long torso, but otherwise short, and while broad shouldered for my height, not really when compared to most guys). Some organization is welcome, but not overloaded with pockets. It also must be easy to get into (no roll tops, restrictive straps, etc.). The closest thing I've found would be something like the ILE Radius Mini with a few custom upgrades. It won't be as versatile, but it's similar in size and comfy. I've had the MissionWorkshop Fraction AP, and it was pretty perfect except that you have to do two buckles every time you need access something. So, any other ideas?