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American Kargo Trooper Backpack
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American Kargo Trooper Back Pack

The American Kargo Trooper was designed for, well, anything and everything you can imagine. It's big. It's tough. It's perfect. Of course, it includes interior and exterior pockets, tie-downs, the expected fittings and adjustments, a special laptop / tablet pocket, and is hydration compatible. Not to mention a place for first aid, a place for goggles, and the ability to secure your helmet to the back. You're going to quit before the Trooper even gets close.

The butterfly harness is the quintessential element in American Kargo’s approach to comfort and stability in our rider-centric product line. Incorporating multiple fit and fitting adjustments and increased surface area, the straps are designed to work around your equipment and the way you move. Your chest, arms, shoulders and core were carefully considered. The butterfly harness creates the functionality you need for the riding experience you want.


  • Goggle pocket
  • PVC backed 600D fabric
  • Double needle seam construction
  • D-Ring tie downs
  • Storage for tools
  • Internal mesh pockets
  • TSA Lock-compatible side compartment
  • Hydration compatible (sold separately)
  • Exterior helmet storage sling
  • Exterior storage straps with quick-release buckles
  • Oversized zipper pulls
  • Holds up to a 15" laptop in the padded storage compartment
  • Audio wire routing loops on either shoulder strap
  • 4-way adjustable butterfly harness
  • Retroflect reflective panels
  • 22" H x 14" W x 10" D
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black 954004 35170329 In Stock: Ships next business day
White 954005 35170330 In Stock: Ships next business day
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American Kargo Trooper Backpack 4.7 5 23 23
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
Great bag 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
Great bag 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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Victor F: needed a good big backpack Oct 25, 2015
Christopher L: This was the largest backpack I could find in its class. I can tell you it can swallow a whole bag of groceries no problem. Construction seems high quality, the materials used feel thick, and LOTS of retro! Only gripe I have is the padding on the shoulder straps is a bit light. It hasn't been uncomfortable so far, but I have't worn it with less than 3 layers on.... Oct 25, 2015
W I: High capacity backpack with "AK" on it, which is the abbreviation for my state. Also it's HI-VIS which is comforting.
also-- the option to clip a helmet to the back will come in very handy for me
Sep 11, 2015
Erick W: Ratings from other members, size, chest buckle/strap design Aug 5, 2015
Philip G: Increase stowage capacity on trips. Jul 15, 2015
george R: after i research every backpack this one was the only one offering everything i was looking for it. Size, Hi-Viz< a lot of pockets and water resistant. May 13, 2015
Joshua A: Great capacity and build quality. Hi-viz for using on base. Apr 20, 2015
Kenneth M: Nice big back pack. High viz yellow is a nice perk. Water packs very cool. Mar 20, 2015
Brandon W: Needed something that could haul a decent amount of gear through the weather. Reviews looked great. Mar 6, 2015
Curtis S: The AK Trooper is big and tough. And it's Hi Viz! Mar 5, 2015
Anthony G: I purchased this backpack mainly because of the retroflect and functionality. I realized that my bike and gear are all black and I need to be a bit more visible when I ride at night. Jan 22, 2015
DANNY L: For commuting, and getting an actual riding backpack. Makes a big difference, i barely notice it. i was using a rush 24 which is an awesome backpack but hurt my back when riding for a long time. Nov 22, 2014
scott y: I needed a solid commuter backpack that would get me to the airport and then hold my helmet through security etc. It is the best backpack I've owned. Oct 6, 2014
STEVE ""SUMORYDR"" A: I have searched for months and months for the perfect pack and finally found it. Sure it is a bit pricey but THIS is the perfect pack for me. I chose this particular pack because of many different features; water resistance, large inner area, the "Y" opening, the 2 different pockets for hydration, the helmet netting, large zipper pulls, etc.. But, most of all, I chose this because of the sternum support and the quick/easy buckles on the front. Quick on, quick off, and lots of adjustability. Sep 26, 2014
Vinton K: The Color Sep 17, 2014
David F: Like the variety of pockets Sep 4, 2014
Bryan M: Currently in the military, Was looking for a hi-vis bag to fit assortment of clothes and boots. Aug 9, 2014
A shopper asked: Has anyone bought or used this pack for an offroad application? I am looking for a larger hydration pack for dirt bike riding. yes I like to carry a lot of stuff. I am trail rider not a moto cross rider. Feb 2, 2015
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Riley S: I don't ride off road however on long trips this easily holds a 2 liter hydration pack on the inside pocket and plenty of other equipment. Feb 12, 2015
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Nicholas R asked: Does this product have any manufacturer warranty? Jun 28, 2014
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A S: I just checked, They have a limited lifetime warranty. Aug 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: I plan to use for offroad and I wear a Leatt neck brace. Will this pack integrate with an Alpinestrs neck brace or a Leatt neck Brace? Aug 16, 2015
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Dylan H asked: Would you recommend this backpack for a long (300+ mile) journey? Any fatigue after wearing this for a couple hours on the freeway? Oct 27, 2015
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Zach R: I have worn this pack for the better part of 11 hours and besides the normal fatigue of riding that long I did not notice anything extra while wearing this pack. Hope this helps. Oct 27, 2015
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Kenya D: Absolutely! Best bag I have ever purchased... very roomy with 2 water pouches..can hold a lot off items... Very sturdy with compartments for everything but the kitchen sink.. Oct 27, 2015
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scott y: The straps are awesome. Much better than say an Ogio. I haven't done 300 miles but on long commutes I find it easier on me than any other backpack I've tried. Oct 27, 2015
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Michael L: I wear this everyday, just took it on aa 500 mile trip.

The straps are wide so there isn't a lot of pressure in one place on your shoulder if there is a lot of weight in it. I have pretty broad shoulders so that is perfect for me. I could see a situation where the straps might be too large if you have a smaller build though.

Also the pad at the base of the back price keeps it off your jacket so it doesn't get too sweaty. I ride a Yamaha FZ-07 so I'm pretty upright. Don't know if it would have much drag on a sport bike position.

Overall I would say it's pretty comfortable and should work for most people.
Oct 28, 2015
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Carlton J: It is a comfortable pack and might work if not loaded up with heavy stuff. If you have heavy stuff it will be uncomfortable and you are better of with panniers. I would not do 300+ miles with the pack unless you plan on using it for hiking afterwards. Oct 27, 2015
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Evan G asked: Is this waterproof? Sep 3, 2015
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Thomas G: It has help up pretty well rain on its own (all kinds), but I've never done more than 6-10 miles or 30 min in such conditions. I also have the extra cover but that gets soaked through quickly and I'm not sold on it's usefulness except in light to medium drizzle. Anyway, my gear has stayed dry in all events and the laptop sleeve area is definitely been dry. Sep 4, 2015
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Jordan L: Ive ridden in the rain with mine quite a few times. Though i do not believe it is a truly water proof bag it keeps everything in the bag relatively dry, especially compared to a softer fabric bag. My supermoto kicks up allot of water too. Sep 6, 2015
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Joshua A: I wouldn't call it waterproof but it's water resistant. I wouldn't worry about riding through light rain with it, but for moderate to heavy I use the accessory cover. Sep 3, 2015
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Kenneth M: It is not water proof it is water resistant. Sep 4, 2015
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Dylan H asked: How is the visibility of the black/gray backpacks? With the retroreflective panels, is it visible enough during day/night? Obviously the hi-viz is a better option for safety, but my vanity tells me to try the others first... Oct 27, 2015
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Robert R: I have been using this version of the bag for quite some time. The lighter gray spots (on the photo) are actually quite reflective. However, that is it.

I may suggest the Black/White version if you are truly considering safety.

I am quite pleased with the purchase as this bag has everything and then some. Highly recommended.
Oct 27, 2015
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Corey W: The reflective panels are highly reflective so it offers good visibility Oct 27, 2015
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A shopper asked: I freedive spearfish and finding a backpack that can take 17# weight belt, wet suit and fins strapped to the outside has been very difficult. Anyone think it would fit this gear? I will not be on a motorcycle but I will be running (slowly)... Aug 20, 2015
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Joshua A: I've never done spearfishing so do not take my word as gospel as I'm unfamiliar with the requirements for the equipment.

However, I've used this backpack to travel back and forth from Afghanistan to USA and between multiple bases while here. I wouldn't call it a huge backpack, but it's certainly got enough space for a few days of travel. The two pockets on the outside can open when unbuckled, and I've found them useful to hold extra gear by putting it between the pockets and main compartment, and pulling the buckle's tight.
Oct 9, 2015
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Riley S: You should do great with this bag! I have had the bag for almost a year and carry 40lbs of gear to a from work daily. Also, I can fit my boots, Icon Patrol Waterproof pants (very thick), leather jacket, and helmet all on this bag and carry it when not on the bike. I think this would work great for what you are describing. The straps and the net hold things quite well, the padding in the lower back area is comfortable and there are waist straps tucked in the pad you can pull out and use as well. Aug 20, 2015
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A shopper asked: Hello, it is not possible to load a 17 laptop at all ?
Please, said yes ;-)
Sep 9, 2014
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Manuel G: No a 17 inch laptop won't fit. Sep 11, 2014
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Anthony G: To help you get an idea, my laptop is 10.5" wide by 16.5" long by 1.25" thick and it will not zip closed. The laptop sleeve itself is only accessible from the bottom of the pack (you need to flip the backpack upside down to put your laptop into the pack). So essentially, it would be sticking out the bottom of the pack by an inch if you were riding around and there is no way it would stay in place. You can fit my laptop into the main compartment with ease, but it will not fit in the laptop sleeve. Sep 9, 2014
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A shopper asked: Can it easy fit a 32 oz water bottle in the exterior mesh pockets along the sides? Jul 7, 2015
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Peter H: Just tried fitting a 30 oz. bottle on the side zipper pocket in mesh section, it didn't fit. Jul 7, 2015
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John W asked: How does this backpack compare to those made by Kriega i.e. the R25? Many have recommended that brand because it's designed for riders where the weight isn't carried on your shoulders like a normal backpack and so on. Jan 28, 2015
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Riley S: I have not tried one of those other brands however I got this after not being happy with a different brand and I was amazed at the comfort. I use this bag to commute to work and even with 35+ pounds of gear It does not pull on your shoulders and neck while riding. (I actually weighed by work boots, duty belt, lunch, and other supplies and 35 pounds is not an exaggeration. The bag is well built and the large pad on the lower end makes it comfortable against your back and it does not shift as long as you pull the straps to fit well. Feb 12, 2015
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A shopper asked: it says water hydration pack sold separately but it doesnt say just what size pack fits the bag...1.5 l, 2.0l , 3.0l ??help please... Aug 23, 2014
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Jordan P: Their site says 2.0L I do believe. Sep 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the internal capacity of the trooper in litres? Aug 6, 2014
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Eric L: Sorry man but this is an American made product so sizing in liter volume is not readily available I just looked. But if it's any help here are the measurements and I'm sure there's some kind of math equation you can come up with to get what you need.
Dimensions: 22" H x 14" W x 10" D
IMO it has plenty of room for me, I haul around quite a bit of stuff with me. Also in a pinch instead of stuffing you're riding jacket or hoodie for those cold nights in the back of your backpack you can strap it down with the straps instead and still save your space.
Hope that helps, good luck.
Aug 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: Waterproof? Jul 6, 2014
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Eric L: Damn near waterproof on its own, but "proof" no. They do offer a waterproof cover for it sold separately. Aug 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: How would you clean the backpack to get the white back? Apr 9, 2015
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