same here. i don't own the monsoon but it's next on my list. i like their quality and it's worth the extra price.Pretty much every bag I own is Maxpedition. I have everything from the vulture backpack to the jumbo versipack. My first bag was a Falcon 2 I got over 5 years ago and used as a backpack daily for school while I was going to college. Their gear holds up well and is very hard to beat value for money wise.