Alpinestars Charger Backpack
Good for what it is
Quality one would expect from A*. Fit and finish is awesome. Very comfortable on the bike. I thought it was going to be bigger but that's on me. My only real complaint is with the "change/keys" pocket on the waist strap. It's real tiny. Can't even fit my name badge for work into it. Forget about a cell phone. Saw a lot of complaints about the zippers but I don't have any issues personally.
March 30, 2015
Usually can't go wrong with astar
I got this bag as a replacement of 2.5 year old deploy backpack. The charger is a decent daily commuter, but often I have a hard time to fit all the things I need in the day. On my overnight rides when I have to take more I break out the deploy. I really wish they still made those. I'm mostly writing this review because after 5 months of use, one of the zipper handles of the main compartment broke. The cross bar that hooks into the zipper is much thinner than even the other compartment zipper. I didn't expect to run into troubles so soon with an astar product. Also, I noticed from the beginning that the zipper of the smaller compartment is difficult to open/close with one hand; it gets caught at the corners. The coating/finish? on the red section of the red/black bag has been falling apart.
A couple cool things I appreciated was the buckle on the shoulder strap making it easier to put on and take off as well as padding on the back allowing for airflow.
January 8, 2015
Great for daily commuting!
This is a great backpack for daily commuting and short trips!
I just wish Astars would make a 35L model of this backpack with a little bit beefier straps for a 72 hour trip type of bag.
November 17, 2014
Great small bag
Great bag. I take it when I ride and I plan on buying something. But I also use it as an everyday bag. Fits my 15 inch laptop and cooling stand plus a bunch of other things in the small section. Looks like it would make a decent school bag because it has dividers to separate papers. Overall a good 1 day bag. Very comfortable to wear. Now I'm off for another that is bigger for longer trips.
October 12, 2014
Top Notch Commuter Backpack
Traded in the OGIO No Drag for this backpack and I don't regret it one bit. The Charger is exactly what I was looking for to fit my needs. If you are looking for a backpack that's geared towards commuting and school/work, this is for you. The quality is top notch and the 20L size is a lot bigger than you would think. Both of these factors translates into some incredible practicality points for this backpack. Another awesome feature is airflow. I've been wearing this for the last half of the summer (in 90° F - 101° F) and I barely sweat. To top it all off, the Black/Fluo Yellow color is awesome for Hi-Viz! Really pops and looks great!
If there is one thing I had to gripe about, it would be the "easy access change/key pocket" in the waist strap. I find it too small/tight to fit anything in it. I don't even use it..
Other than that, no complaints about this backpack. Haven't had to use the waterproof cover yet but I'm confident it'll perform very well. Definitely recommend this backpack!
September 23, 2014
comfort and function
I needed a pack that would allow me to ride and accommodate my 17" laptop. this pack works, great.
September 1, 2014
Stylish, practical and feature packed backpack
This motorcycle specific backpack features 2 compartments for holding your laptop, tablet, and other commuting essentials. It's just the right size for carrying small packages, documents and personal electronics. It's water resistant, which means, if it's a light rain, while riding, the contents will stay dry. The smaller front compartment features a waterproof zipper while the larger compartment's zipper is covered by a flap. The backpack's padding and air flow around your back is excellent: comfortable and never feels hot. The quick release buckle on the left shoulder strap is very clever design idea. When fully loaded, the backpack's dual straps; across the waist and across the chest, keep the backpack from sliding around. Highly recommended if you're looking for a backpack that's not too big and not too small and perfect for commuting.
September 1, 2014
Great Day Backpack
I purchased the hi-rez version and was pleasantly surprised when it came with a hi-rez cover that you can add to it at night. When I first purchased it I was slightly disappointed that it didn't have more hi-rez parts but when I found the cover it more than made up for it.
August 6, 2014