Icon Squad 3 Mil-Spec Backpack
I was worried when I ordered it that it would be too small. It easily fits my laptop and a change of clothes. I have not used it much yet, but it has worked perfectly so far.
July 5, 2016
This backpack is easy to load and unload. It is easy to get on and off and it is comfortable. I don't even know its there when I'm riding. It has plenty of room for lunch, tools, or a bag of groceries, Has space for your cell phone and registration. It is plenty visible but not over the top. Really have enjoyed it.
July 1, 2016
The pack itself works well but I had to sew new straps as one of them broke while on a ride.
May 16, 2016
Great to be seen
Ordered this because I am required to have a reflective belt or vest while riding on military bases, plus it is good to be seen period when riding an all black bike. Holds my coffee and other important items for rides. I was not fond of the two shoulder credential holders. There placement is not great and can be difficult to use while gloves on. Decided to keep my credentials in the chest pockets. Over all, great backpack.
May 11, 2016
Recommend but with a couple caveats
I wanted a hi-viz backpack to make me a little more visible when I commute (I ride at night a fair amount, and live in a state where aggressive / clueless drivers are ubiquitous). This backpack is definitely hi-viz, has some decent reflectivity, fits well over my riding jacket (I'm 5'10", 300 lbs) and the straps keep it in place comfortably. So that's all nice.
The downside: It's way smaller than it looks & the quality is dubious. It's got room for a pair of sneakers, my laptop & ipad, charger, and...not too much else. If you take shoes, forget lunch. If you take shoes or lunch, forget a sweatshirt or sportcoat or anything of that nature.
The back zipper mini-pocket will comfortably take a wallet, glasses case or pack of smokes, house-keys etc. but not much more than that. And, speaking of back mini-pocket, the stitching ripped and zipper came flying off in less than a month of use. I was able to get the zipper back on and useable, but for the price I was hoping for a bit more space & a little higher quality.
If you need something for light or occasional duty, and don't need to carry a ton of stuff, it's fine. For me...not so much.
Would definitely get something else if I could do it over.
May 6, 2016
Recommended with a caveat
As a user of the previous version of this bag (Squad 2 Mil-Spec backpack) I feel that I am qualified to answer this question with a basis for comparison to other products I've used. The previous version was a great backpack with lots of storage space. As a military member, I'm required to bring at least 2 changes of clothes (PT gear for the gym plus my uniform and sometimes civvies as well). The Squad 2 had enough space for me to carry everything I needed and unfortunately, the Squad 3 does not. If it were a little larger with a few more extra pockets it would really make life a lot easier. I'm also not a fan of the velcro on the straps by the helmet as it scratches the padding of my helmet and causes the pad to fray. The bag itself is well made and the material is very durable. If you don't need a big bag, I highly recommend this one.
April 26, 2016
Great Bag Overall, Plastic zippers break easily.
The bag itself is excellent for what it is, however when I received the bag the outer zipper had already broken off during shipping. May have just been a quality control issue and was easily fixed.
April 8, 2016
good materials but storage capacity is poor and fit is tricky
Bag looks real sturdy and hi viz is excellent.
There are some good ideas behind the making but it's poorly executed.
Velcro ID holders (which attracted me to the bag in the first place) are practical.
Smaller and lower profile is what I was looking for, but the way it's compartamentalized just wastes a lot of space. I have tried smaller bags into which I can fit more stuff and in a more practical way.
It's slightly on the heavy side.
But the real dealbreaker for me is fit. You can adjust the tightness of the chest harness just fine, but you can't adjust the length, which makes it extremely uncomfortable if you're not the right size. I'm 5'7'' and the fit was just terrible.
If you're willing to risk it on the fit (which I wouldn't recommend because poor fit on a motorcycle backpack will be terrible for your back) think twice about whether you want the hi viz option. In my case I found it to be too extreme for common usage. I wouldn't be completely comfortable walking into a meeting wearing the hi viz.
March 28, 2016