American Kargo Trooper Backpack
Sets a precident...for the good
I'm a fairly new rider but in this case it may actually be a good thing. As you may be experiencing (if you're also new) or recalling (if you're an experienced rider) when you're first starting out you are supremely focused on the basics of riding as well as improving your skills as a rider,so I don't need any extra distractions or hindrance. So my main concerns were comfort, weight distribution, and functionality, Durability as well but that can't be address until some time has passed
There were 2 main comments I made to myself after riding with this bag. The first was based off another review I saw which was of the bulkiness. i didn't find that to be the case with this bag. I'm about 5'11" and my weight fluctuates between 180-195 pounds depending if i'm in workout mode (to gain weight) or not. In any case I did not find this bag to be bulky. It can be it you want it to be, but for what I currently have in the bag, not an issue. Keep in mind, "bulkyness" being an issue will come down to what are expecting from this bag and what will its contents be.
I use this bag for commuting purposes, Its about a 20 minute ride to work, through the city and my max (legal) speed is 45. I mainly work a 10 hour shifts. So I needed a bag which is very versatile, slightly spacious, have good safety features, and of course comfortable. I packed this bag with shoes(size 12), a thermos, a bottle of water, a travel mug, a light weight jacket (its cold at work), my lunch, cell phone, charger, shades, plug, wet wipes (i don't know how you can poo at work without them) and snacks. This is my everyday stuff..I'm going to add a custom roadside kit to this bag as well. (pressure gauge, tools, & air pump). With its current contents I still have the option to include more stuff. Lets not forget I can still put my lap top in its designated spot with not issue if i so chose.
My second internal comment is the weight distribution on this bag makes me forget i'm actually wearing it (save for the drag in the 40+ mph range). Keep in mind its not like i'm carrying around a heavy load to begin with but it's a point I told myself to remember: how does it feel when i'm leaning into to make a turn. The bag is very stable. It, as well as my contents, don't shift (that I can feel). I will be getting another smaller bag for the trips not work related or where I don't need the extra space this one provides. It doesn't come with a rain cover (sold separately and has reviews that are quite poor) and that's why this receives a 4 when it comes to bang for your buck.
August 14, 2016
Although it is quite the investment, the backpack is comfortable and has plenty of room. Extra features like the helmet net and tool storage make it worth putting up the extra cash.
July 5, 2016
awesome back pack
This back pack is awesome!!!! I recently was riding with the icon squad 3.0 bag and although it was great, it was just to small for a daily commuter like myself. I needed a ton of storage space to be able to put gym clothes, packed lunch, my laptop to take anywhere with me and have plenty of other space left for what ever else . This bag was just what i needed. Check out my full you tube review if any one is interested to see what it looks like on with a riding jacket and helmet at Beansy Moto Reviews!!!!
May 19, 2016
Overview of the backpack
Despite my grading the backpack did good. Picture shows the backpack after going down at 80mph. As you can see not much left of it. Before the crash I got the pack as a replacement of my previous pack Oakley Kitchen Sink (much better product IMO) I had the bag for a little over a year and used it daily. I took it adv. trips camping (side pocket worked great storing a small knife and AX to split wood) and everyday commute/work bag. With anyone whose on the bigger side like me (6,1 @230lb) with a bigger chest forget about using front chest straps as those are too small and non adj. After a year of use bottom zipper that holds the net to carry your helmet started to fall apart and open during riding as well as the zipper that hold the laptop. What I did like about the bag are the overall materials used to make up the bag (minus the zippers). Now that I am in the market yet for another backpack I am on the fence between the Oakley or this since both are close in price..
May 12, 2016
Great for long rides
This bag has plenty of storage way more than I had expected. The strap system is amazing. Honesltly can't even tell that I'm wearing it when riding.
May 3, 2016
Bag was just what I needed. I travel from home to work and the gym so this bag allowed me to carry my scrubs plus gym clothes along with a spare change of shoes. Pack has lots of space and easy to access. Felt as tho some of the straps had to much adjustment capabilities so time using it I spent little bit getting it to sit right on me. Super comfortable. Seems pretty durable but only been using it for a couple of months. Only Negative I would have about this is that there is no spot for a spare shield. Riding to work I use a tinted one but when I leave work it is dark so I have to change out. Great visibility from the reflective straps.
April 5, 2016
Awesome Riding Backpack
Awesome backpack, a little expensive but very nice. Comfortable while riding or walking in to work, great for commuting.
April 5, 2016
Great looking but bulky and tall
I thought this would be a great all around bag but it turned out to be more of a nuisance. The main purpose for the bag was commuting. The bag is 22" tall and end up sitting on the back seat but it changes as I move around on the seat. For myself, I found this to be annoying. The only pocket i ever used was for the laptop which opens from the bottom. I found this somewhat odd and a bit unnerving even though it does have an extra fastener. The shoulder straps are a bit wider than most and always seemed to apply some pressure to my neck. I used this bag on only one non-commute ride and found it to be a bit cumbersome for longer rides.
I used this bag for about 3 months until replacing it with the AK Commuter bag. This one sits much more comfortably, is only 19" tall and the laptop loads from the top in its own pocket.
I'll be selling my Trooper and just using the commuter.
March 29, 2016