I completely understand your concerns. I think most people have them when they first look at a Domke bag. I've dragged mine all around the world, as have many professional photographers (it's well know as a photojournalists bag), and never had any problems. It just works, ask around, read about them. We sell on Amazon and they seem to get a good amount of reviews, take a look. I promise you we do not put any of those reviews up.