I've had this thing for a couple of weeks. I've taken it to work, hiked around the high desert of the Davis Mountains, walked around my backyard in the Texas Hill Country, and just generally grabbed it any time I stepped outside. In that time, I have found so many uses for this piece of kit, it makes me smile thinking about it. I initially threw a water bottle and a jacket in it on a shakedown hike: swallowed that without a blink. I later used it on a dayhike, carrying water and a few snacks for the family. No problems there. Today, it did duty again as a water bottle holder (full size Nalgene and a collapsible dog bowl) and trash bag (sorry, Mark!). In short, I haven't used it as a cook kit carrier yet, but have found so many other uses for it. It's essentially one big dump pouch, one big, well-made, dump pouch. It's carried pistols and ammo, maps, jackets, trail food, water, ifak's, wallets, books...man, just get one. I've thoroughly enjoyed using it.