I didn't like it as much as my old one and I had sent my feedback to Eddie Bauer as they welcome them.
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The older model had a cover/hood over one of the side pockets, The new model doesn't have it so when I carry a bottle it sticks out. It is not only the aesthetic factor, but when it rains water can fall in the pocket.