This my new Timbuk2 Yield backpack. The choice of this pack was the result of tireless research and painstaking analysis. That is to say I spent a lot of time googling around the web with beer and snacks. Ultimately the size, style and setup I wanted were available in this pack at a fair price and as luck would have it Amazon ran a sale so it ended up being quite affordable. Enough introduction, let's get on to the pictures. Focusing on the right side. The webbing sewn on there is divided into two large sections. They can be used as a grab handle or an attachment point for clips or pouches. I'm aiming to take the pack to a store and see how Timbuk2's pouches will fit there. The front pocket is decent sized. It's holding a flashlight and camera case in the picture. I might like the opening to be a little taller but for lights/knives/tools or small subloads I think it will be fine. The other zipper on the right side is access to the main pocket. I like the look and style of top loading rucks but having to dig down from the top for something that may have fallen to the bottom just isn't convenient. Being able to get at any part of the main pocket without going through the top or having to take anything out is the biggest thing that sold me on getting this pack. A nice little touch is the zipper garage. On to the top pocket. Inside I've got one pair of pants, three t-shirts and a few pairs of socks rolled up at the bottom. I'd say the pack is good for maybe two days of clothes provided nothing is too bulky. You can see the retention strap for the laptop sleeve. I don't have a laptop so I can't tell you what would or wouldn't fit in there, though Timbuk2 does offer a sizing guide on their website. I use the space to keep magazines from getting crumpled. It's just as well the pictures stay neat and tidy since this is probably the closest I will get to a McLaren. The front of the sleeve has a basic organizer section for pens, cards and such but I'm skipping that for now since I don't envision using it very much. There is a zippered pocket on there that could be handy for securing something you don't want to get loose but I'd rather pack a separate organizer for small stuff. There is also a pocket on the lid good for stashing things like hat, gloves, sunglasses and a small snack. Now for the straps and backpanel. The entire back is padded. You can feel it all the way across on the inside. On the outside you can feel that padding on the gray sections but the blue middle section has a semi-rigid plastic piece to prevent anything from poking you in the spine. The black padding panels are not that thick but the foam is a good density so it gives a fair bit of cushion. The straps are sewn to short lengths of webbing rather than directly into the top seam. It does figure to give a bit more wiggle room but time will tell if it's a real benefit. The front of the straps have another piece sewn on top of them similar to the side of the pack. Demonstration of this feature apparently encourages one to live long and prosper. The back side of the straps has mesh covering. A feature I didn't notice until taking the pack on and off a few times was the loops at the end of the straps. They're large enough to put a thumb through and get a good pull when cinching up. Grab handle at the top. What about these straps on the bottom? Ostensibly they are for lashing something to the bottom of the pack like a rain shell or perhaps an umbrella. The thing is, though, they don't give all that much space when opened up. Here's one pair of lightweight wool socks in there. My thought would be to cut out the ladderlocks from their loops and put in some repair SRBs. Then trim the straps that are there and attach a useful length (maybe two feet) and run that through the SRBs. That way you could secure various size items and have quick access to get them in or out. That's a project for another day though. Well, that's about it for now. I know this doesn't contain any information on how the pack carries its load. That is because the furthest I've had to carry it so far is from the house to the car. As I get a chance to use it more I'll report back with thoughts on comfort and durability. If you've got any questions please ask and I'll try to answer them.