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Originally Posted by thebarerider
Do you think it would hold two or three thick, heavy text books in addition to a notebook and supplies (pens)?
The SWMBO bought me one for father's day and I've been using it for my modest commute (to work) since then.
Because of the bag stiffeners, rigid backing and tough bag material, I don't believe you'll have any issue carry two or three heavy textbooks and supplies. You do only have about 5" worth of interior width so book total thickness may be an issue.
It's a very nice bag with lots of space and a well thought-out interior that can carry my 15" MacBook Pro, pens, cell phone, knickknacks, paperwork (not nearly one big book's thickness though), and change of clothes without issue. The attachment system is superb and allows me to switch bikes easily. The roll top may be a little bit fussier than a snap lid, but it's pretty watertight.
I've found two issues so far. The two interior built-in pockets on the non-bike side are fairly useless, because their opening is too big and stuff tend to fly out when encountering rough roads; a velcro flap cover would be nice. The bag is also unlike other panniers because it is quite rigid and has a fixed size; if you're not carrying near capacity, the bag may be bulkier than necessary.