American Kargo Trooper Backpack
Awesome, gigantic backpack
I was looking for something bigger than your average backpack as my Vulcan S offers exactly zero storage. This backpack is not only huge but is also surprisingly comfortable. It is definitely designed to have the chest strap buckled as it sits a little oddly (straps trend wide to the outside of the shoulders) when that is undone but once you buckle it up it isn't going anywhere. I bought the reflective yellow version and I've been very happy with that decision, it definitely helps me stand out in traffic. Would definitely buy again.
November 24, 2015
Really nice backpack for motorcycling
This bag has enough space and special pockets to make you feel like a Navy Seal preparing for a mission every time you pack. Plenty of space, nice configuration, useful straps, and the helmet net is great to have as well.
September 18, 2015
Works Pretty Good
Good pack, not great. My biggest gripe is that the seams up around my shoulders have started coming undone already. I have ridden with it since the beginning of summer, about 2000 miles I'd guess, I would have expected with all the great reviews on durability that it would last longer than this. It does have some nice features like the laptop compartment, and the strap system does keep it up nicely on my back, lots of space. I don't particularly care for the labels they put on the compartments (Ex. "Tool Storage", "Laptop"), it just looks tacky to me. Overall a nice product though, I would not purchase again however.
September 16, 2015
Comofortable and well made. I ride with this 80% of the time and have never had any fatigue or aero issues. Easy to throw on with jacket.
July 13, 2015
So it was between this bag and a kriega. I went with this one because of the reflective panels and helmet net. This backpack is so good that I dot even notice that I had it on when I ride. It conforms to my back extremely well and just feels like nothing is there. I use it as a daily commuter bag and it's fantastic. The net isn't as useful as I had hoped which is the only downfall. Still a great bag and would use it for longer rides to carry things. Definitely a winner for the sports bike rider.
June 22, 2015
This bag has everything!
This backpack has everything I was looking for. Besides all the normal stuff you would carry like clothes, tools, laptop, Go Pros, it even has a helmet fly. Recently found out the helmet fly works great with a basketball. The Harness makes me smile every time I put it on. It feels so snug on my body that while riding the bag doesn't move at all, even with a heavy load in it. I have a black bike so I wanted to make sure I got the hi-vis color. I've been told you cant miss me.
June 9, 2015
Sturdy, good sized, feature-laden pack
I bought this pack to replace a torn and no longer waterproof Kelty hiker I've had for years. The Kelty was a bit larger in overall volume, and had a better pen organizer pocket, but that's all that was (knowingly) sacrificed. This pack feels bombproof, and along with that it is heavy! I wouldn't hike with it, but my bike doesn't care about the weight, and the shoulder/chest strap system is wonderful at comfortably distributing even the fullest of loads. There are a good amount of pockets and storage, and lots of attachment points.
D-A-M-N HI-VIZ that's bright! Thing practically glows in even the dimmest of light (however it doesn't actually glow). Tons of reflective parts too. I bought this to commute with and add visibility in the early morning or evening hours when drivers are sleepy or tired and over-stressed and it sure does the trick.
I also use it for beer runs, holds 2 six packs, 2 bottles of wine, and 2 champagne with room for a little bit more! It has "good" interior volume, but is not 30-rack huge in the main area due to Y zipper configuration. It would probably hold 30 loose cans, if that's your style. The laptop area is super well padded and well sealed from the elements and fits a Mac Pro 15" in a neoprene sleeve without issue. 17" laptops might be tight, but you knew that would be an issue when you bought a surfboard for a laptop.
The 4 zipped pocket spaces offer good storage for all my odds and ends, glasses, medicine/first aid items, and lots of IT gadgets & cables. I don't use the visor pocket as I wear RX sun & day glasses but keep them, my phone, wallet and other fragile valuables in there instead.
The tool "wing" storage areas are useful and will fit a variety of long or taller tools, but super stubby things need to go in zip pockets. The "wing" storage is between the side zip pockets and the main area and is great, but if it rains (and you don't buy the optional cover) that area is potentially going to get wet. I bought the cover, which fits just fine in a "wing" mesh pocket and IS waterproof (so far) but doesn't feel as robust/thick as it looks in pictures.
The only 2 issues I have are:
1) The helmet strap pocket on the bottom tends to start to zip open if rubbed against my seat-cowl sometimes. It's never gotten more than an inch open, but I figure I should note it, and I'll probably remedy this by fastening the zipper somehow.
2) The interior water bladder holder is full width of the bag, so it might slide around.
Neither of these are show-stoppers and I recommend it to all.
Note: I use a carabiner to close the top two zippers in the Y configuration to ensure security, but the design is such that at speed the wind pushes the top closed for you anyway.
May 13, 2015
A lot of space. A lot of pockets. A lot of visibility.
Soon I will be traveling home from overseas and will be picking up my new CBR600RR as soon as I arrive. I wanted to find a backpack that's large enough to store a couple days of clothing, my electronics and chargers, and will be comfortable on a bike.
This backpack has it all. It seems to be extremely durable and well-built. The straps come with Velcro strips to keep them from flapping around. There is plenty of space and pockets. The "Y" zipper to open the main compartment makes it much easier to access. The straps are angled to make riding less fatiguing. The back feels padded, which should both help it distribute the weight, protect you from being poked in the back by the contents, and give some better breathability.
The only thing I can think of that some may see as a con is the weight. It is heavier than other backpacks I've owned. If you just want something simple and light to carry a few things that don't need much organization, this is probably overkill. I see the weight as an indicator of the build quality, and gives me confidence about its durability. I prefer to have more space than I need than not enough. It's probably overkill for my daily commute, but with the back padding and straps I'm sure it'll still be fantastic.
For people that work or live on military bases, you should really consider this. As far as I know, all bases require a high-visibility vest or strap. I used to put on my jacket, then a flimsy vest over it, then my backpack. After enough complaints that I need the backpack to be covered by the high-visibility material, I started putting the vest around my body and backpack. It was a nuisance. With this backpack, I no longer need to worry about it.
Fantastic build quality, great amount of organization and space, many nice features, and very comfortable. Highly recommended.
April 20, 2015