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Rated4out of5byAdrian GrahamfromAwesome sack!I called it a 'sack', because that's pretty much what it is: a big sack. No interior compartments, but that's okay. You can find all kinds of sub-sacks to stuff inside. The bag's super-deep, so you'd better have long arms if you need to dig to find your keys or something.
It's so comfortable, I kind of forget I'm wearing it. Even loaded with a 15" laptop, clothes and tools, it's barely there. Love the vented back panels. I've worn this with street clothing and cycling kit, and it's great either way. If you only need to pack at point A and unpack at point B, it's not a problem. But if you need to make multiple stops to dig something out, it might get a bit frustrating trying to find something. Different if you're a courier; your sack will (hopefully) be stuffed with envelopes that are aligned vertically, making this a portable filing cabinet.
The only two first-world-type 'problems' I have with this bag are:
- there's a small fabric panel to which you can clip a light. This panel is WAY too high. If I plant my light on it, I'm basically warning airplanes and helicopters that there's a bike on the road below. Maybe it's because I'm all bent over a road bike, but really; for your light to be visible to cars, you'd need to be totally upright, riding a cruiser with ape-hanger bars.
- all the straps are way too long, hence they annoyingly flap in the wind. These straps are so long, . I guess I can either shorten the straps myself (cut and sew) or just clip them down, but wow. There's a lotta material here.
Other than that, great, awesome bag. Almost makes me wish it rained in Los Angeles more. Almost.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated4out of5byJapanfromWaterproof BackpackThe bag is awesome but it got a 4 for one reason, the pocket on the inside is kind of ridiculous, it could have been better thought out, it only has two buttons to hold it up, which is enough to hold but the sides flap down and the bottom of it dangles out when your trying to reach in to grap stuff, it could easily have had more buttons to have it hold in place better.
Also it would be nice it the pocket was a bit bigger or if there was some other kind of smartly placed storage.
Also I think it would be better if the bag had more of a closing method like the fully submerge bags, or something similar for just in case you want to use in that way in not just for commuting, it would have a longer closing flap the rolls and then twists onto itself.
The bag is awesome but those little details which I think are important details stops it from being the perfect bag.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated5out of5byprophylaxusfromVersatile, lightweight, waterproof.Ortleib bags live up to their reputation, which is reassuring since they're a bit pricey. Unlike designer ware, this thing is all about function. It's now a regular part of my commute. I haul a laptop, a bike lock, a change of clothes, and lunch regularly in the thing. It's spacious enough and protects everything. Furthermore, I prefer the bag to saddle bags because you can ride more competitively without fear of anything coming loose.
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated5out of5byprophylaxusfromPerformance!This bag rocks. Instantly comfortable, secure, spacious. I have eyed this for a long time and finally pulled the trigger to happy results. It fits everything for my work commute. It's cheaper than panniers and safer too. I am really free to stand up on the pedals and really get some body torque into my ride without the fear that my pannier might slip off the cage.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated4out of5byknitapairfromFunctional yet FlawedGood waterproof pack that's easy to get a day's worth of gear in. Belt clip broke after a couple weeks and the velcro closer is not ideal when it's full (i don't have a locker at work so I carry my whole day's change of clothes). The pads are comfy and let the air circulate and it's nice and reflective. Might recommend the larger size if you have a lot to carry.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated5out of5bybadisafromWorks GreatFantastic product, what I needed for Portland weather. A bit small, but I guess that is the cost of a waterproof bag.
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated4out of5byCat Bike LadyfromComfortable, waterproof, usefulThis bag is pretty great for being a backpack. I use it to ride to work every day, and it holds everything I need: clothes, shoes, warmer layers, extra tube, multi-tool, and food. I wish it had more compartments inside; the small snap-on bag inside is kind of cumbersome and occasionally falls off. Still, it's good for holding keys/phone. You'll probably want some stuff sacks if you don't want to rummage through your bag trying to find everything.
It's quite waterproof, and I like that I can attach my rear light directly to the bag. My only complaint is that it wasn't designed with smaller people in mind. At 5'2, I have the straps cinched tightly, and the excess kind of gets in the way (there are things on the waist belt to keep them out of the way, but that only works to a certain length before they get in the way again). My chest also gets in the way, but since when does any designer ever make anything with women's bodies in mind? The bag also slightly blocks your view looking back for traffic, but I quickly adjusted.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated5out of5byRainyday BikerfromFreakin sweetIt keeps my computer and books safe and dry while I bike to school/work in the rain or snow. The only things I can think of for how it could be better are that it could be a little bigger, and the velcro catches on the top edge a little and makes the fabric look fuzzy. Not a big deal though. Overall, it's great!
Date published: 2012-10-10
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