Almost didn't buy this when I saw a review saying the material was cheap. Since I had a gift card to help defray the cost, which I think is a bit pricey, I went ahead based on good reviews. Love, love, love this bag. So much easier to find things than my previous backpack which I was always having to feel around for things vs being able to see them. The tote has plenty of pockets and lots of room in the zipper compartment. It's no larger than my backpack but can see where shorter people might find it too big (I'm 5'7"). It does stand alone which I was a bit concerned about and actually better than the previously mentioned backpack. I definitely recommend this tote.