I happen to like the looks my thinktank bags better, but to each thier own I guess. I'm more of a technical guy. I'm sure those are great bags, but I'll spend way less to get similar quality.
On the thinktank topic... Do you know of any other brand that does a similar finish or uses a similar material to their "pinestone" stuff? I love the look of that, sort of "worn canvas" type, but TT is just too expensive for me.