American Kargo Trooper Backpack
Better than I could have hoped for.
I got the high-vis version to replace my vest as a military rider when I need to carry things with me. This bag is BIG. Will easily hold my clothes and toiletries for a weekend trip. The grey portion you see in the picture is reflective material but I haven't ridden enough to see if that will hold up over time. The straps are comfortable and can be adjusted to fit. I'm very excited about this bag and the many trips that I have taken and will take it on.
November 11, 2014
I am a new rider and safety was my highest priority when searching for gear. Without a doubt, this bag is one of the best investments I've made.
This bag has proven to be the perfect all-day commuter bag. I prefer the backpack vs tank bag to free-up my hands. The things I was looking for in a bag were safety, storage, and all around functionality. I'm more of a function over fashion rider.
I am 5'5" and 125lbs woman so wasn't sure how big this bag would be. I don't even notice the weight. The bag sits on my shoulders and straps to my chest perfectly. I only notice the weight when I have to take it off. It feel very sturdy when I'm riding.
The other bonus for me is that it is very very bright. I have the Hi-Viz. I want to thank American Kargo for making the reflective area a large surface area. It is really eye-catching when I ride at night in Los Angeles city freeways.
Storage wise, it has ample room. I could actually use more room but that's just my tendency to carry everything. This bag fits my chromebook, cables, paperwork, leather jacket, jeans, toiletries, and shoes. I also use the water bladders. The hooks and additions to the chest portion of the backpack work great to keep the drinking spout in-place.
If you're on the fence, get off and get it. You won't regret it.
November 4, 2014
Premium, functional and visually appealing
I ordered this bag after a collision involving me and a car; I became obsessed with visibility and led me to purchase this. I dont usually pay this much for bags but I made an exception for the premium quality, functionality, style and justified it after the crash for the reflectivity! This bag has enormous reflective areas all over whereas most bags have some small piping- or if you're lucky, a logo. the harness is not entirely straightforward but works well and makes the heaviest loads feel light. This product makes me feel seen as well as draws positive comments on its style from those in my social circles. It is water resistant; I dont ride in heavy rain EVER but I suspect it would hold up pretty well unless you're riding in the ocean ;) Great functionality, amazing build quality and one thing that surprised me is its a bit smaller than I was expecting; I was happy about that as I didnt want a massive backpack but its a bit more compact than I first thought. Can still fit a fair amount in it, though. I use it for the trek in to and from work all the time and would recommend this pack to anyone who the features and style appeal to; amazing product.
September 7, 2014
This is an awesome bag great quality
This bag is great fits a lot of stuff and looks awesome.
August 18, 2014
Fits like a glove
The fit on this thing is great. Everything is really easy to adjust and totally "set it and forget it." Doesn't shift a bit when riding and still allows airflow on hotter days. Build quality seems great, without loose strings hanging off or irregular stitching. Large capacity with external clips to allow for wrapping up your jacket and cinching it down to the back. All panels are PVC-lined, so it should handle rain well, but an extra rain cover is available from the manufacturer's site.
July 18, 2014
American Kargo got it right!
In my search for a daily commuter/every day backpack I ran into this gem! I originally had my eyes on an icon military spec II but I heard horror stories about the stitching and build quality. I am an ironworker so I tend to be hard on my backpacks.
Needless to say this pack can take IT! The fitment on my shoulders was spot on. It has a very natural, secure feeling to the harness system, with no belly obstruction so you can still tuck down on your tank. The double stitching is done properly! This backpack in every essence is quality!
Yeah I know 180 seems to be on the high side but it will be the last backpack you 'have' to buy. As for the style what can I say, it's beautiful and an absolute bonus if you ask me!
Bottom line if you're thinking about it, DO IT! You will not be disappointed.
Cons: Hydration pack/ packs sold separately.
July 17, 2014