I should stipulate that nobody should take offense. I am not trying to dissuade anyone from buying or enjoying their GST, just sharing my own experience. In January I bought myself a beige GST, thinking it would be the perfect bag for me. For literally three years, every single day I used a petite shopper (the one without the zipper). Because it's large and structured, it isn't as easy to carry as a smaller bag or a hobo that can squish down (as a public transportation rider, I am always wary of carrying bags that will bump into people)... I'm a pretty small, thin girl (5'2" and maybe 100 pounds?? I don't own a scale!) so it's much more substance on me than someone else who may be taller... when I take it shopping, it doesn't sit easily under my arm, it definitely bulges out so I can't really use both arms too freely... It gives me BACKACHES. Even when it's fairly empty, I find it very heavy to carry after a while... and if I want to take advantage of all that space inside? It's like a lead load with those chain handles! But I still like it because aesthetically, it's perfect for me! I really like the LOOK of it. Just isn't very comfortable to carry. I HOPE you ladies are all loving your GST. It's hard to spend that much money on a bag to realize you feel kind of "eh" about it. I just wonder if anyone else is disenchanted with their GST purchase? So ladies who have had the bag for a while, how do you all feel about it? Getting as much use as you anticipated? Liking it still?