Product Review (submitted on June 7, 2011):
I got one of these as a gift in the late 90's, and it's been the best pack I've ever owned. I've been using it on an almost-daily basis, and I don't think it's even close to wearing out. It's been hiking with me everywhere, from the National Arboretum to New York City. It used to carry my nice, clean work clothes on grueling 12 mile bike commutes. It's been my school book bag, and now carries essentials to and from work. The amount of money saved from not having to buy other packs could have purchased a much more expensive pack from Duluth (which is what brought me to the site today :)
I do need to say that when it was new, the shoulder straps were very stiff and VERY uncomfortable, and took a long time to break in (once broken in, it's fine. Currently, it's one of the most comfortable packs I've ever owned). Also, for a long time, if I would sweat heavily or had to be out in the rain, the leather would stain clothing (which is what leather does, after all).
Six stars! Best pack ever!