Posted early to help someone out with pics. Will add actual review later.
With the Brain Cell inside, fits two large textbooks and a paperback with no stuffing. Probably one more paperback if I stretched it a bit. The weight of the bag in this setup is 22.6 pounds. This is more than I would almost ever carry… usually one book and the laptop.
Now that there’s no Brain Cell, I can fit a whopping four giant textbooks in there (I’m a microbiology major; all our books are like that.) Still kept the paperback around, and threw in a 1100-page French dictionary (my minor is in French).
Obligatory full-frontal shot. The seatbelt buckle has been worth at least double its cost in entertainment value! I just sit there and click it in and out like a happy grinning fool. Downside: it jangles as you walk.
I can fit all the other stuff I would normally take to class in the front, even while it’s artificially loaded with those four giant books: Palm Pilot, TI-89, response "clicker" thing, and some pens. 32-oz Nalgene in the side.