American Kargo Trooper Backpack
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
Best back pack ever!
I use this backpack for everything! School, regular bike riding, and motorcyle riding. This is a lendary backpack and you will not regret it( hi-viz is the best!)
April 6, 2015
Great for commute and versatility
I use this bag for work and night classes. i am able to pack my textbook, note book, water, lunch and snacks with still room for a few more things. the only real thing i do not like is the helmet net.. it feels a little odd even at its smallest setting( i have a L icon airmada) my helmet still shifts but i rarely us it, im debating cutting it out and using the pocket for a first aid kit. the side pockets have extra pockets so that's a bonus, i can fit a few small tools and my emergency knife, visor cleaner and kickstand puck all in the zippered pocket and the flap. now as a adventure bag it does get a little heavy and shifts with a bladder in it, there is no hook or strap to hold the top of the bladder in place.. so unfortunately it doesn't work for me in that department
February 27, 2015
Best backpack in the market
If you are looking for a Hi-viz backpack and you are in need for a lot of space for your clothes and a computer, this is the bag. Im a daily commuter and i pack my daily change of clothes here. And that's including my boots sometimes ( im in the military). You can easily pack for a weekend. Thebag even has a pocket for a weapon. Highly recommended.
February 16, 2015
Good Pack For Trips, Not For Commuting.
Hey Guys, I picked up this pack a few months ago and I feel like it has finally broken in enough to write a review.
Overall I am quite pleased with the design of the backpack, as well as the quality of construction and materials used. There is plenty of room for your stuff throughout several pockets, and the main compartment is plenty large enough.
One of the issues that I have with the backpack is how heavy and bulky it is on its very own. I wanted to use this for daily commuting but I am finding that it is just too big for that purpose. Even when I am only carrying a second visor and a water bottle it feels like I have 10 pounds of gear on my back.
However, I will say that this pack really starts to shine when you have loaded it completely full of gear. It feels very comfortable once you are carrying 15-30+ pounds due to the weight being evenly distributed accross my chest & shoulders via the nice Butterfly Harness they have developed. In fact I find it to get more comfortable and solid with the more weight/volume it carries. At high speeds this backpack feels 100% solid and I have not had any issues with it shifting around on me.
In general I think this pack is pretty great, and I do not consider it a bad purchase at all. I will definitely be using this for longer trips or for when I need to haul a lot of cargo somewhere, but I would absolutely like to find something smaller for my daily.
February 8, 2015
Not Bad - Not Great
Backpack has lots of storage and the helmet net is pretty cool. However, in-and-of-itself, the backpack is reeeeeeally heavy and way too bulky. I'd still consider using it for a longer trip, but I'm going to buy something smaller and more aerodynamic for general use.
January 28, 2015
I purchased the Hi-Viz version of the backpack to make sure people can see me at night. It fits almost everything I need (I am a law student and the books are huge) but for the average person this bag is perfect for everyday rides, etc. I highly recommend this bag.
January 19, 2015