Greetings everyone! I am in dire need of a new backpack as my old one is proving insufficient at fulfilling the tasks I lay before it. However, since the last time I bought one my standards have grown considerably but sadly my expertise in this area have not, so I come before you, seeking aid from the illustrious members of this community ;-) I need a backpack to fulfil several roles. I am not the type of chap who keeps a different bag for every occasion, I prefer to have a bag that accompanies me everywhere life might take me, be it a vacation, the woods or simple urban commute. Now it might sound at first as if I were a seasoned adventurer but do not let first impressions deceive you! My lifestyle is rather ordinary and humble, definitely more akin to a suburban couch-dweller than Ray Mears. Still, I am finding the EDC - survival - bushcraft culture more and more appealing and with time I have obtained a growing inventory of items I carry with myself daily. So far my Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack has proven to be a loyal and trusty companion but I need a fitting, equally well-made counterpart for occasions when I need to carry items that are more substantial in both weight and dimensions. After some research my first choice was the 5.11 RUSH 24 backpack with all the stellar reviews and an apparently non-negligible fanbase. However, in a video I have come across recently (), the owner claims the bag turns saggy after a few months of use, to a level where the admin pouch area becomes borderline unusable, not to mention the lack of compression straps seems to cause a great deal of issue. So my first question would be: is this really the case? Naturally I am not questioning the experience of the reviewer, I merely wonder whether or not people share a similar experience to his or is this a rare occurrence? Since I plan to use the admin pouch area of my backpack quite extensively (it is in my nature to have all my items neatly organized), this is a cardinal question for me. I do not favour the typical hiking backpacks you may find at your local outdoors shop that usually only feature just one big compartment (and maybe a side pocket or two). Other than that, I welcome any and all recommendations for a roughly 30 litre backpack that has several pockets, mesh, folds, zipper areas, etc. to arrange the contents neatly. Typical uses include: - day hikes in autumn / winter forest - carrying documents, books, folders for work and commute - occasional camping a few of times a year (festivals mostly) - stuffing in enough clothes for weekend vacations - travel bag for short holidays or work-related trips - sitting on a chair as a bug-out-bag when not in use What I look for: - while fulfilling these tasks, the bag should be able to hold all my EDC items as well, neatly separated. - I usually carry a water bottle with me, so a dedicated bottle holder is a welcome feature. - I would like a bag that holds its shape to a degree even when not fully loaded - last but not least, a comfortable double-strap So far the following models are on my radar: - 5.11 RUSH 24 - Maxpedition ARG Tiburon - Direct Assault Dragon Egg MK II - Tru-Spec Elite 3 Day Backpack (not sure if I can actually get this one) For those wondering why I want a tactical backpack for such strikingly lightweight use, I give you my reasons: - I tend to expect the best but prepare for the worst, I don't like items failing me; - family tradition: every male member of my family has a fondness for gratuitously overbuilt items, be it a pocket knife, a bag or just a chair; - I found that the mixture of feature I am looking for are most commonly present in tactical backpacks: hiking / camping bags don't have the level of organization I am looking for and "manager bags" (like Samsonite) while often offer models with tons of pockets, lack comfort (I had to carry one for a week in the Dolomites, it was killing my shoulders). Please bear in mind that I am restricted to Europe (I have found several American brands are not available here, not even through the English or German Amazon.) and my options are rather limited in this area I live in. Shops do not keep a stock of the so called "tactical" brands (Maxpedition, 5.11, Hazard4, Direct Action, etc.) and the very few that have them for sale are only available through online order, which means I have no chance of inspecting them personally before purchase. Thank you kindly for your time and for reading my post!