Alpinestars Roving Backpack
The good stuff.
I purchased this item else-where, but would like to give my take on it.
I've used this from everything to hiking 8 miles, packing clothes for a weekend away, and of-course, it's main use as a commuting backpack.
The straps are very nicely padded, the straps for holding a jacket under the bottom of the bag have been used IMMENSELY, I cannot stress how many times I've used those to carry an extra "hoodie" to work without clogging the main compartment I use for my lunch.
The included rain cover was a nice addition that I removed, and should probably reinstall.
I've used the padded "sunglass" area in the smaller compartment a few times as well.
One of my favorite features is the hold-down for the extra length of the straps so they are not flopping around in the wind, smacking everything. I also am a huge fan of the removable waist strap, which I've never felt the need to use. The chest strap has been plenty.
The only complaints I have is that firstly I wish it had the clip on shoulder strap system featured in the other models alpinestars offers, that looks useful. And I also wish there were no side cinch straps on the main compartment, it doesn't open far enough to make any use out of them.
July 22, 2014
Great riding pack
Bought this backpack mainly to commute with before I bought side bags. I put gym shoes and my uniform in it. Occasionally I put my laptop which is a 15 inch ultrabook. I have also discovered how to carry an extra helmet on the back of it by using the side clips.
June 10, 2014
A stars backpack
I purchased this backpack mainly for school and work purposes and it caries every thing I need with no problem. The rain cover is very nice in the Nebraskan weather especially because it can be 98 then 75 and rainy in 30 min so its nice to have that always with you. The jacket straps/ holder comes in handy more than I imagined also I find myself using it all the time. The laptop pouch fits my laptop which is huge because I have had problems with bags not being big enough for it and its nice to be able to carry it in a more protected pouch. There is also plenty of room for a laptop 2 college books and 3 college notebooks plus in the main pouch and still enough room for the smaller pouch for my wallet phone and ipod at one time. The material is kind of odd in the feel it feels weaker but you can tell its rather durable at the same time. The adjustable chest strap is very nice as well and I found my self re attaching the lower strap so the pack stays on tighter at interstate speeds. Overall the bag is great for the price.
May 8, 2014
Great look and works well
This bag is great. It has enough space to carry the essential items I need, plus the inside cushions for electronics work well.
May 5, 2014
great bag for riding.
Great bag. Does not move around when riding at higher speeds
April 28, 2014
Best commuter backpack I have ever owned.
It is just big enough for books and laptop for my school commute. Also the jacket holder is a life saver when it gets hot. Smart buy.
April 21, 2014
Got this about 3 months ago, no problem or complaints to date. Haven't had to use the waterproof pullover but bit seems to perform as advertised. Laptop slot is highly valued as it is my commuter bag. Not very technical but will do perfect if you're just in need of a decent riding pack.
April 14, 2014
Light and Comfortable
I haven't had this back pack for too long so if there are any updates and edit with a comment. The main features I bought this back pack over others were because it was light, not overly huge, it has the straps so I can roll up my jacket for storage and it also has the built in rain poncho to keep everything dry. So far I am very pleased but we will see how long the stitching last because it seems to be very light material. Hopefully I'm pleasantly surprised.
April 7, 2014