I got this bag for when skating the big skatepark in Boston. If you take the T it's nice to be able to have all your gear in a bag and the board on the back. Get of the train, unhook the board and off you go. Problem is the design of the bag doesn't allow a very organized fit of gear/phone/ipod. The pockets that you would use for a lot of that stuff are covered by the board when it is strapped on. The worst thing is that the side pockets can't hold a water bottle. If you don't want to carry the water in your hand, it has to go in the big pocket at the bottom, so you cant get to it until you've taken all the other stuff out of the bag. I'd look for a different design next time.