First time poster, I stumbled across this thread while doing research for a new messenger bag, and I have a question for the EA bag owners. I like the Hudson, but being a grad student living who's living off of loans, I don't really have the funds to justify buying such a bag. However, I may turn a blind eye to the price if any of the EA bag owners can attest to their quality. If I buy the bag, I'd like it to last me 5-10 yrs. Is this realistic? I'd use the bag to transport my laptop & books to and from class so the bag would be supporting up to 15 lbs. Thanks.