Alpinestars Roving Backpack
I have been using my military bag and it is obviously heavier. i switched to this and it is so light weight. I have read reviews that it lasts a long time but it feels like it would tear easy. Either way i like this backpack a lot and wish it were a bit cheaper. I originally bought it for quick commutes and definitely does its job.
February 26, 2014
I have been using this backpack for almost everyday for a year now and it is awesome. It is just the right size for my normal day to day stuff (laptop, books, papers, maybe a spare pair of tennis shoes, etc.). However, the amount of taper at the top of the bag, while making it more comfortable for riding, does hinder the carrying capacity a bit for bulkier items. It's perfect for the lower profile items I described above. The extra straps on the bottom are great when I need to occasionally carry something bulky like a spare helmet, or even rolling up a thicker jacket for nighttime (have even put a sleeping bag in there for camping a couple times).
My only real complaint I have with this bag is its lack of the clip on the bottom of one of the shoulder straps that all of the other Alpine Stars bags come with to make it easier to put the bag on over a large jacket. More of an annoyance really than anything else.
A little pricey for a smaller bag (18 litters), but well worth it for the well made quality. It's lasted for a year and shows no signs of where or tear (through rain and shine).
Overall, I think it's a first class bag that I wouldn't think twice about recommending to a friend or purchasing again.
February 10, 2014
Great overall backpack. A tad on the expensive side.
Very stylish and definitely catches the eye of those around me. Easy access pockets and love the jacket strap on the bottom.
November 25, 2013
Great day pack for the $
I've been using this bag for 6 weeks and it's working out well. I carry a laptop, lunch, and a couple small items for my daily riding commute. The bag is a great price for what you get. It has a padded laptop compartment, vented back and shoulder padding, a water proof rain cover that works well, it is incredibly light weight, low profile for highway riding, and fits well over my A*'s leather jacket. The only negative is that the light weight materials used are very thin, so I am not sure about long term durability or how it would hold up during a fall or slide. So far so good, no complaints.
November 2, 2013
Nice pack, I commute to work w/ this and can fit dress pants and shoes as well as my other minor day-to-day stuff, watch, wallet, etc. Solid feel to the construction, nice zippers, and the built in rain-fly is pretty cool. It's a little pricey, but I found I like to wear it for non-riding scenarios as well.
October 2, 2013
Good daily commuter backpack
This backpack is definitely better than my jansport backpack. I like the design and features it comes with. I daily commute home to work and other places.
Few thing I didn't like about the backpack is that the straps are long, and also how the laptop Velcro pouch ripped halfway off when I was unstrapping to get my laptop out. I guess the sewing threads weren't sew'd on too well.
Overall its a good simple riding backpack with features from point A to point B. Looks really cool with my Alpinestars Jaws jacket.
September 29, 2013
Roving backpack 4k review
So this backpack has served its purpose very well. As far as storage goes it is pretty standard. Room for a laptop(padded) and a fair amount of smaller pockets. It holds what I need it to with some to spare. All the connectors work perfectly and hold the load securely. I also love the included rain cover as I have had to use it many times, keeps my belongings nice and dry. The pack fits well onto the body with minimal drag being noticed, as well as still keeping cool in the Kansas heat. 4000 miles and used everyday and looks the same as when I bought it. Definitely check this bag out, I already bought another, and of course you cannot beat Revzilla's service.
August 8, 2013
Good but Small
This is a nice bag, and good on the bike, but small. I can barely fit my gym clothes and shoes in all at once, it is at capacity. Good for electronics and small items. Its not for a weekend trip. Quality built and detailed otherwise.
July 24, 2013