I was a big fan of SwissGear (my original backpack that I used for grad school has lasted for over 8 years!) until I purchased this backpack for my son. The material is very flimsy and not the same quality as my other backpack (which we still use). Within the first month, the inner pocket tore. After less than a year, the material in the front of the backpack began to tear. After one year of school, we now need to look for another backpack. It probably won't be another SwissGear.