Hi, I'm looking for recommendations on a backpack to use for travel. If this isn't the right place to post asking for purchase advice, I apologize - let me know and I'll delete/fix as appropriate. Usage: personal item on an airplane (must be able fit under seat), day to day carry for my laptop and a few other items, overnight bag occasionally. Ideal capacity - 20-30L Smaller than 18" x 12" x 7" Must be able to carry a laptop (15" macbook pro), ideally in a dedicated laptop compartment. I prefer a less tactical/plain look, but this isn't essential. Side carry handle and/or fold away carry straps would be a bonus. Must be panel loading (suitcase style/opens flat). Prefer less organization built into the bag (i.e. fewer pockets/admin) in favor of a single larger compartment (+ laptop compartment). Currently it looks like my ideal bag (aside from lack of a side carry handle) is the Goruck GR0 (I'm 5' 7"), but I don't need it to be bombproof, nor do I need it to be so expensive Bags I've tried/considered so far: Timbuk2 commute medium (current bag). Good: Single large compartment, some organization, dedicated laptop compartment, good size. Bad: messenger bag (I'm now looking for a backpack). Timbuk2 Q Laptop backpack (2013) (currently own). Good: side handle, dedicated laptop compartment. Bad: top loader, difficult to get at things in the bottom of the bag, organization tends to expand into main part of bag, limiting what you can put in. Goruck GR0 (considering, not seen in person). Good: panel loading, not much organization, laptop compartment, size/capacity is perfect (17.5" x 11.5" x 5.5", 21L). Bad: cost. eBags TLS Motherlode Weekender Junior (ordered, but decided to return it). Good: Lots of organization that gets out of your way if you don't use it, two large compartments, panel loading, straps fold out of the way, lots of handles. Bad: Too big, even in junior size (19.5" x 14" x 9"). Osprey porter 30 (considering, not seen in person). Good: panel loading, plain looking. Bad: Still too big (20" x 13" x 8) Tom Bihn Synapse 25 (considering, not seen in person). Good: nice look, well built, tom bihn comes highly recommended. Bad: doesn't open flat, laptop cache is extra, cost is not that much less than GR0, at which point I'll probably just go with the GR0. 5.11 Nitro (recommended below). Good: opens flat, two compartments. Bad: tactical look. Different: front pocket that folds down to allow you to stuff a bulky thing in. Camelbak urban assault (recommended below): Good: looks, lots of room, organization. Bad: size (20" x 16" x 13" for non-XL version), doesn't open flat. 5.11 Covrt 18 backpack (saw in another thread). Good: looks, opens flat. Bad: size seems a little large (19" x 12.5" x 9" based on compartment dimensions on the site), weird looking grab handle merged with carrying straps. Anybody have any suggestions that I haven't thought of? Or should I just get the GR0. Will I be (un)happy with the GR0 based on what I've said so far? Edit: Edited requirements for brevity and clarity. Edit: Added a couple more considerations.