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I use this one:

https://www.porsche-design.com/en/Fashion-Sports/Sports/Sport-Bags/Campus-BackPack.html

Not the most practical as it doesn't have too much room, but it's very light and comfortable. I forget I'm even wearing when I'm riding on my EUC.  Also, the strap at the top is useful to attach your helmet when you are not wearing it.

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I have owned a lot of different backpacks, and my favorite by far is the peak design everyday backpack 30L https://www.peakdesign.com/products/everyday-backpack

It's a "camera bag" but I don't use it for that.  It has side access one hand open just the right amount of pockets are quick easy access to charger and laptop, it's comfortable that's big enough for a weekend bag that's all I have to fit under an airplane seat.

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Captain America for day rides and Ironman for night rides! :thumbup:

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4 hours ago, that0n3guy said:

I have owned a lot of different backpacks, and my favorite by far is the peak design everyday backpack 30L https://www.peakdesign.com/products/everyday-backpack

Very cool but somewhat pricey. I use Jack Wolfskin Crosser 26 for daily use and for one day longer rides. For really long trips (over one day, when I have to take more gear, clothes etc.) I take Deuter ACT Trail Pro 34.

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I can say it is not perfect. I had another backpack that fits better. But it is having one major thing going for it, it is reflective. 

https://www.provizsports.com/en-gb/reflect360-cycling-backpack.html

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My now rather old bike backpack is from  Vaude.  The closest I can find is this: 

https://www.vaude.com/en-INT/Products/Best-in-Test/32851/Bike-Alpin-25-5?number=129470100

 

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The strong part is a frame that hold a meshnet that let air flow between the body and backpack. And it is very adjustable to fit any bodysize.

When I had my accident and landed flat on my back this took the major impact so the frame got bend a bit. I do not fare to think how my back would have been without wearing this.

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I personally am a HUGE fan of Tom Bihn bags. Very high quality and hand made in SODO Neighborhood of Seattle WA. They can also repair rips in panels if you have an accident. I also just noticed they offer an "Optional internal frames with aluminum stays designed to work with any generation of Synapse 19 or 25 that has rail loops." which I think would help out in an accident on your EUC.

I currently have a 19 but thinking about getting a larger one for riding on my EUC with so I can have extra gear with me.

https://www.tombihn.com/collections/backpacks/products/synapse-19?variant=53075749191

 

 

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I really like this bag’s size and features. Easy to clip on led lights or speakers and straps to keep the weight close to the body

https://lbbjkt.com/the-peloton-eclipse

The things that aren’t so good is

1. The price (u pay for quality stitching and material)

2. The weight (I carry spare camera batteries, usb battery pack, portable pumps, MacBook Pro 15 inch, two Bose soundlink micro and the weight is close to 15lbs.)

3. They sell a version that uses hooks instead of buckles. Spare yourself the headache.

 

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I just bought one of these, and it works great!

 

https://www.wolffepack.com/

 

The issue I have when I go shopping with my euc is that it's a hassle to remove and put on my backpack over all the protective gear (wrist protectors with watch/mirror glued to it, motorcycle vest ...). So now when I go get a sandwich I never have to mess around with all that again. I works flawlessly and very efficient. I wanted to buy something to put on my chest at first but didn't find anything big enough that didn't make you look like either:

- a photographer

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- a professional soccer player

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or

- a member of a SWAT unit

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and then I discovered this. If you check the videos I can tell you IRL it really works like they show. 

 

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I bought a backpack cover... suitable only for smaller packs... The two stripes is the only thing reflective sadly not the arrows...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MT6UMBD

I did buy a twin pack that's sized for a carry-on and 'personal' baggage backpack...I can use both for groceries shopping, big one on the back, smaller on the front...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078NJWJJF

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Resurrecting this thread because I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic.

i have a sweet EDC pack https://remoteeq.com/products/5abd36c4d0c39014008f0fa3

but the more I ride, the more I notice how difficult it can be to to remove and put on with all my pads. Getting house keys, wallet phone or a drink of water turns into gymnastics!

Because of that, been thinking about a sling or something messenger style so I can access stuff without taking it off. 

The idea of anything A-Symmetrical on me while on the wheel makes me a little nervous.

Anyone roll with a sling? 

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1 hour ago, General Principle said:

Resurrecting this thread because I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic.

i have a sweet EDC pack https://remoteeq.com/products/5abd36c4d0c39014008f0fa3

but the more I ride, the more I notice how difficult it can be to to remove and put on with all my pads. Getting house keys, wallet phone or a drink of water turns into gymnastics!

Because of that, been thinking about a sling or something messenger style so I can access stuff without taking it off. 

The idea of anything A-Symmetrical on me while on the wheel makes me a little nervous.

Anyone roll with a sling? 

Have you tried to put the backpack on your front? Personally, I make sure most backpacks are "sticky" enough to work well enough on the front.

I've taken public transportation a lot in Thailand and China, and learned very very quickly that backpacks need to be worn on the front, as I've had wallets, glasses, and calculators stolen out if my backpack when worn "properly".

Everything is easier when wearing a backpack backwards. Except you'll look like a dork.

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On 3/18/2019 at 2:02 PM, Unventor said:

I can say it is not perfect. I had another backpack that fits better. But it is having one major thing going for it, it is reflective. 

https://www.provizsports.com/en-gb/reflect360-cycling-backpack.html

reflect360_rucksack_-_lifestyle_1.jpg

My now rather old bike backpack is from  Vaude.  The closest I can find is this: 

https://www.vaude.com/en-INT/Products/Best-in-Test/32851/Bike-Alpin-25-5?number=129470100

 

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The strong part is a frame that hold a meshnet that let air flow between the body and backpack. And it is very adjustable to fit any bodysize.

When I had my accident and landed flat on my back this took the major impact so the frame got bend a bit. I do not fare to think how my back would have been without wearing this.

I just picked up the Thule Rail Pro which is a 12L Hydration pack meant for MBX, so a feature included is a CE level 1 removable back protector. Usually I wear a vest like bag  (https://aesthetichomage.com/products/gotham-tactical-vest?variant=12217163644984) that distributes the weight to my sides more evenly but I actually like how low profile it is plus I get the added protection now.

https://mbaction.com/mba-product-test-thule-rail-12l-pro-hydration-pack/

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On 9/19/2019 at 9:08 AM, Planemo said:

That wolffepack is brilliant, good find. Just a shame it's so pricy. I guess it's for life though, probably very well made.

A link for them as there doesn't seem to be one posted earlier:

https://www.wolffepack.com/pages/learn-more

I received my Wolffepack Metro a couple of days and have contacted the seller to return it. Don't get me wrong, the design is ingenious and it's a very well-made, quality product but it depends on the load you're going to be carrying. Without much of a load in it, it does its job to perfection, very convenient when geared up so you don't have to fiddle with the straps getting caught on your protective gear (elbow pads, shoulder pads on body armor/a MC jacket) when taking it off. I played around with it with the bag very lightly packed and it works great. Add a bit more weight and it's a different story...

I packed it with the stuff I carry around on a daily basis: 1 L thermal water bottle (full), small notebook, 10,000 mAh portable battery pack, phone charger, USB cables, wirleless earbuds, and then then my EUC-related stuff: a small and very lightweight 17 cm air pump, a pressure gauge, puncture repair kit, 2,000 lm flashlight (it's heavy), then threw in my tablet and a portable Bluetooth keyboard for good measure, and here, the otherwise ingenious system becomes a problem: tugging on all that weight with one arm is easier said than done, plus, when you do pull it up, the whole "packless frame" that remains on your shoulders slides up as you tug on the handle, so you have to hold it down with your left hand. It took me a few tries to get it to click the first time--believe me, it takes some effort, and the system is a little hit-and-miss. Sometimes it clicks into place flush with the frame, sometimes it leaves a little too much slack, as you can see here:

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That little bit of slack means the backpack bobs around, side to side, when you're walking, and I don't want to imagine how much it would move around while off-roading on an EUC. Give it a few more tries and it eventually stays where it's supposed to, but it ends up being more effort than it would have been to sling it onto one shoulder---even while wearing protective gear.

I'm sure that with practice I'd get better at it, but even so, the paracord holding it in place doesn't come through to me as being too durable with repeated use and heavy loads, especially considering the friction involved in tugging up the backpack when there's weight in it. Carry a few loose items and keep it below a couple of kg and it'll be a treat to use, but add some more weight, and in my opinion, this backpack isn't quite fit for purpose. It isn't a large backpack, but at 22L, but it has a compartment for a 15" laptop + a tablet, so the system should work well enough with that kind of load, and if I'd added my laptop + charger to the mix, I honestly wouldn't trust this backpack to withstand the passing of time. 

For now I'm using a 29L Granite Gear Two Harbors, which overall, I'm very happy with. I like the design, the quality is superb, it's satisfactorily repelled heavy rainfall for extended amounts of time and the material has even withstood a 40+ kmh wipeout (I ended up on my back) with only minor abrasion, which is very impressive. It's comfortable, loaded with pockets for OCD-style organization freaks and has served me well, but it's a bit bulky for an EDC and front-facing pockets aren't as useful as they seem, since if you put any weight in them, the weight distribution is way off. I'm considering their smaller (25L) model, the Bourbonite, but am looking for something maybe a little more versatile, ideally with plenty of organization pockets and an easily accessible "quick access pocket" for the things I use the most.  Not in a hurry, will see what I can find...

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@travsformation I use a Vaude Alpin backpack these days. They have a new look this year and I don't recall if it is a 32+5L or 25+5L

Vaude Alpin 25+5 L  It might be shaped a little different. But the main goal is compartments and that you carry the weight on your hips. My having the weight on the hips you don't feel the strain as much. Mine came with a rain cover that I can use too on my EUC (not perfect fit at all but works). It also have a mesh to keep your back clear of the back in the heat.  It is adjustable to people size so you can fit it to most people. You can add a water pouch/drinking system to it too (doesn't work with beer that well though...I think)

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Silly me, I spotted my post above, it turns out it is a 25+5L 

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Update with old pic and size too.

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Thanks for the great review! As you say, it does indeed have a big gap there, that would really annoy me. I like packs to be tight and low profile, this does look quite 'floppy' and baggy.

I'm still undecided where I am going to go tbh. I still use my £14 ebay special which carries everything I need and as it has loads of molle webbing I have made attachments for a phone case on the left shoulder strap and a mount for my radio (we use pmr radios in our groups) on the right. It even has a handy space/straps on the very bottom which I beleive is meant for a camping roll mat or similar but works perfectly for my cylindrical JBL Flip 5.

Its a pain to get on and off especially with flexmeters but then I think that I dont need to get to it unless I stop to charge or something anyway. The reality is, I prob dont need anything more than I already have...

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If you ride in traffic, and at night, you can't beat this one:

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If you want a really good deal I got this one for $36 CAD ($25 USD). I was surprised at the quality and all the features. It is the best bang for your buck Amazon (in Canada anyways):

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07FSPFLNS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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This is my all time favorite: https://www.outdoorsinc.com/products/tropos-daypack?variant=31680446627906

I use it as an everyday bag but can also use it for backpacking any anything else you could think of. It looks like Osprey discontinued the line but you can find it elsewhere. Biggest perk is that it stands up on it's own which is subtely amazing. Biggest downside is that the front medium sized pocket doesn't have a ton a great system of organization so it is semi useless.

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On 9/19/2019 at 9:08 AM, Planemo said:

That wolffepack is brilliant, good find. Just a shame it's so pricy. I guess it's for life though, probably very well made.

A link for them as there doesn't seem to be one posted earlier:

https://www.wolffepack.com/pages/learn-more

The link was in the post I wrote about it :D 

I'm very happy with it, but I only carry some light stuff in there. I've never tried charging it with 10kg of material.

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Mountainsmith lumbar pack. I have yet to find a backpack that works with a Leatt neck brace. Speaking from experience, stylish is retaining your motor functions after an off. You don't want to spend hours every day in physical therapy trying to regain what we all take for granted.

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Most EUC riders are like-minded, but we find no riders that are exactly the same in terms of body shape and weight. Therefore, it is absolutely impossible to recommend you the best backpack on the market. What suits me may be an disaster for you.
Buying online is like a lottery. If you are lucky, it will be a point blank, but most of the time a waste of money.
When I bought my backpack, I took with me a bag with all items I planned to bring with me on my EUC trips. Here in Finland we can try in the store how the backpack feels on the body fully loaded. So for me I did not buy the model recommended by the seller, it became a completely different model that suited my body best.
Make your decision based on how the product feels on your back in the store, do not rely on the advice you get here.

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