How do you know if a bag is really going to stand the test of time? You don’t, and so you often have to take the maker’s claims of longevity at face value. This is why we felt it was important to take a look at a backpack that really has lasted beyond any reasonable expectation. Senior Editor Dan Cooper bought this The North Face backpack before he went to college. 17 years later, and it’s only now starting to show its age.