Aside from these love handles, not one thing I owned in seventh grade is still in my possession—except the Hardwear backpack.
"Mountain doesn't really design stuff for some dude carrying books to class," says Ethan Wolff-Mann, the most technically-savvy outdoorsman I know, who has hiked and climbed with MH gear. "It's designed for people who do stuff and need technical equipment that can keep up. These guys design stuff for the Himalayas."
Ah, so that's why mine has lasted this long, and probably will for another 17 years. Not designed for that, but will certainly stand the test of time because of that very fact.