Hello! A recent change in my lifestyle forces me to upgrade from my Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack to something more "spacious". I already own a 5.11 RUSH 24 - which I am very pleased with - but unfortunately it is a tad too large for my simple EDC and daily commute requirements therefore I believe something in the 20-30 liter range would suit my needs better. What will I use the bag for: 1) To carry my EDC stuff. It doesn't add up to too much considering I can fit all of it into the Jumbo Versipack without using the main compartment (admittedly all the other compartments and pockets are filled to the brim). 2) To carry relatively heavy loads. I need a sturdy bag as I will be using it at trade fairs, meaning the bag will often get filled filled with catalogues and stone samples (yes, stone samples) which translates to the bag becoming heavy which I have to carry for the better part of the day. For this reason it needs to be comfortable to carry (unlike my Samsonite which becomes very uncomfortable the moment you put anything heavier in it than a few folders and a laptop...). 3) To satisfy my borderline OCD organization needs. I like to organize my gear, everything having its dedicated little slot, pocket, compartment, etc. This is the main reason I like my Versipack and why I like my RUSH 24 in the first place. 4) To carry some technology. Apart from my EDC gear I will probably carry an iPad Pro 10.5 so a pouch that is fit to carry that piece of equipment would be more than welcome. 5) To do some light grocery shopping at the end of the day. 6) To go on simple day hikes to the hills and fields near the town, nothing extensive, nothing hardcore. I would like to note one more thing: I need my bag to have some leeway after packing. In practice this means that after I have fit in there my EDC items, an iPad, my light rain jacket and a 1500 ml water bottle in the main compartment, It should still have some elbowroom (for another bottle, work documents, a few books I might pick up during the day, etc.). So with these premises in mind I set out to find my new companion. Since I am already satisfied with its bigger brother, I naturally gravitated towards the RUSH 12 and this is where my search was supposed to end. However, after some googling I became infatuated with the Vanquest Trident 20 Gen 2 backpack. Sadly it is not available at any retailers in my country so I won't be able to handle it before the purchase. This is where I need some guidance from the community and especially Trident 20 owners 1) How spacious is the main compartment if I take out the dividers? Can I fit in the above mentioned bottle and jacket with some room to spare? 2) In your opinion, how much space do I lose due to all the padding in the bag? I am reading contradicting opinions on this. Some claim it takes away a lot of room while others say the bag is still deceptively spacious, being able to fit in just about as much as in a RUSH 12. 3) The interior is lined with 210-D ripstop nylon, which sounds great but how durable is this material? Can it handle sharp or pointy items (hardbook covers, cardboard sheets, wires, etc.)? 4) How well does the bag stand on its own? 5) Are there any design flaws that bother you about the bag? I am not talking about deal breakers, just inconvenient or annoying small details that bother you personally. I am hoping some Trindet owners will find this post and help me out Have a nice day!