Bought this as a new all-around functional backpack, and it absolutely fits the bill. I was looking specifically for a fold-over bag, rather than a roll-top, as I find roll-tops both finicky and ugly, and was surprised at how hard it is to find a nice fold-over bag. I'm so happy to have found this one. I love having a zipper to access the main compartment - most bucket fold-over top backpacks lack this zipper, so the stuff at the bottom of the backpack is always such a pain to pull out. The zipper makes everything super accessible! I do wish there were some way to clip the zipper at the top, because sometimes it opens itself up a bit, but not enough to be a problem. I'd also get rid of the hard-sided glasses case, which just takes up unnecessary room (I just put my glasses in their own, much slimmer, case). However, these are minor complaints compared to the all-around convenience this bag offers.