Alpinestars Roving Backpack
Nice bag, horrible zippers
I really wanted to like this backpack. So much in fact that I've purchased two of them. I originally bought the red version. I liked that I could fit quite a bit in it, it was lightweight, pretty comfortable, and the bottle holders, but the adjustable chest strap would frequently come loose from the shoulder strap and both zippers for the main compartment failed after a couple months. (Not at the same time.) I tried to make it work awhile longer (zipping it slowly would usually get the teeth to catch enough for it to stay closed), but had an off while wearing the backpack that put the final nail in the coffin.
I then purchased the green one back in March (six months ago). I have to say I prefer the colour of that one even though it has fewer accents then the red. About three months in, the first zipper came completely off the track in the main compartment. Keep in mind I don't usually stuff my backpack so I don't think it was caused by excessive strain. I just use it every day as a commuter. A month or two later, the second zipper stopped functioning. It takes multiple attempts at zipping the bag for the teeth to line up and actually zip.
It's a huge pain and at this price point, I think this bag should have sturdier zippers. It makes me hesitant to shell out for another AStars bag in the future.
September 21, 2015
Great backpack but overpriced
So just received this backpack and have been using it for commuting to college. So pro's: lightweight, looks great, very comfortable, stays in place, rain cover, strap management ( this is major if you have ever had to deal with straps beating you down the road), reflective, can hold clothing on bottom, easy to find anything inside of it, expandable, name brand. Con's: overpriced ( in my humble opinion), takes a long time to deploy rain cover, no helmet holder, small, lack of features. But overall Not a bad backpack I love it and don't like it in the same breath it's good in some instances bad in others. But for my needs it works just hope I don't need to carry anything large.
August 18, 2015
The bag fits very well and is the perfect size for me to avoid over packing. I bought it before a 750 mile each way road trip and it was very comfortable the entire way.
August 17, 2015
Worth the price.
I couldn't bring myself to buy a $150-$200 backpack, so opted for the Roving backpack. I like the fact that it has the side, mesh pouches on the outside of the bag which are perfect for water bottles or anything else you need quick access to. The fit and finish seems to be on par with what I would accept for a bag in this price range. I've only had the bag for a few weeks, but so far I'm happy with my purchase.
May 26, 2015
Great backpack for everyday use!!
This backpack is very comfortable and very light weight. The material has a somewhat plastic-y feel which I was not expecting but should keep things dry if caught off guard in the rain without the waterproof cover. It is also thin enough that the bottom does not sag if it's not stuffed full any of my other backpacks have in the past. The chest strap is adjustable but also features a nice elastic section which keeps it comfortable when you're actuve. The shoulder straps are also shaped in a way that prevents them from rubbing your neck or helmet while riding. Overall I have to say that this was a very well thought out design, and has proven to be one of my favorite backpacks. For size reference: height 6'4" Medium build (225lbs)
May 11, 2015
Great bag, thought it was a bit bigger
I wear this bag about 90% of the time I ride because of my commute to school and work. I love everything about the look, as well as how it fits. My only wish is that there was a little more give with the space. I realize it is only an 18-liter bag but for longer trips it feels like I need to really play with how I arrange things. Amazing comfort in the shoulder straps, and the lumbar/chest straps offer great support when riding with all those textbooks.. Nice product.
March 23, 2015
Love the bag, but it fell apart
I love this bag. But the first one I bought had seams, at the straps, that were just falling apart after 6 months. A* replaced it for me, and after about 7 months, the zipper separates. So, unfortunately, I can't recommend it.
March 1, 2015
Looks good and functional
Laptop cargo area is great. Really like the waist clip and chest clip when riding. Does not bother when riding. Great vending on back.
February 23, 2015