Icon Squad 3 Mil-Spec Backpack
Had to return it
I am almost 5'4" and under 115 lbs. I was looking for a backpack for commuting to the office, and something hi-vis to make me stand out to the sleepy drivers I encounter. Unfortunately, I had to return this. It would hold my work laptop but not much else because of the low-profile design. That may be fine for other riders, but I couldn't fit all I needed to in the pack. Also, this says the harness straps help redistribute the weight across the sternum. That may be true for men, but the weight distribution was not a good fit on my back/chest, and you can only adjust straps on the width, not on the length. I did like the elastic stays that help keep the extra webbing under control -- my current backpack doesn't have that, and since I am smaller, I always have long web trails if I don't wrap them up somehow. One more thing - there's some kind of water-resistant plastic-y coating on the pack, which was damaged/cracking in one of the top corners of the outer pocket. Not in a big way, but I wondered how it would hold up over time. I really wanted to like this pack but it just didn't work for me. However, for a broad-chested man who needs added visibility, and isn't looking to carry much more than a laptop and files, this may be a good option.
April 11, 2015
High Quality Backpack VERY SMALL
I use this backpack to commute 25 minutes to school daily.
It is extremely comfortable, and I love the harness system it uses. It gives you lots of room around your shoulders for all different types of riding positions.
This backpack seems to be constructed of high quality and highly visible materials. I've had it for two months now and none of the seams are ripping. I love how bright and comfortable it is.
The front vest part of the backpack had two pockets that are great for a wallet/phone and the ID holder is perfect for my school ID. The large strap on the back is great for hooking your helmet up to when you get off the bike
All that being said, it is extremely small! I can fit my 15in laptop, a text book, and a 1.5 inch binder at most. In terms of motorcycle gear I can fit my Icon PDX raincoat, and a pair of full gauntlet gloves and some tools.
I wish this backpack could stretch to allow for more items to be placed in it!
February 17, 2015
Durable, light, and hi-viz what more could you ask for?
January 5, 2015
Good little backpack, but lacks space
It's a great pack for $100. The visibility of the pack is great, the vest front is also really nice and feels secure. But this pack does have a downside, it's storage. The pack doesn't hold very much. I have a set of jumper cables and a little hex key set to mess with things on my bike, and wit those already in the pack I have trouble fitting a pair of shoes in it. Other than that, holds a lot of really small things!
December 16, 2014
I have been using this backpack every time I go for a ride for over six months. Not only, it is very useful but it is very comfortable! I can fit all my stuff easily and the front pockets are awesome. It fits my iphone 5 and my credit card for quick refuel.
I highly recommend it.
November 16, 2014
Good Comfortable Daily Rider Pack
I use this pack almost daily for my commute. Easily holds my lunch, ipad and whatever else I need to carry. Very visible both at night and during the day. I will say the description is correct in that pack is water resistant, not water proof. If wearing in a heavy rain, things inside will get wet eventually. But other than that no issues. Very adjustable for different size riders too. And much cooler than a reflective vest.
November 12, 2014
Nice smaller size. Good if you want high-vis backpack.
I got this backpack to serve 2 purposes. One is to carry things obviously. The other is to use it in place of a high-vis jacket. And I think it serves both purposes fairly well.
It looks good. The finish is great. I feel it kind of droops or sags down a bit more than I'd like but that isn't too much of a big deal.
Can slip in a back protector if you want but I prefer mine in my jacket and or a stand-alone one.
Truthfully seems overpriced, but then that can be said about any motorcycle accessory or gear. Sigh.
October 23, 2014
Well made but small
I use this pack almost every day. It is comfortable and seems durable (I have only had it for about two months now). I have not had issues with the ID holders (Others have commented that they get in the way turning your head to look) but then again I don't use them for IDs. They do work great for holding laminated documents insurance cards and the like. The buckles across the chest are very adjustable. The zippers are water resistant as I ride in the PACNORWEST there is a lot of rain, nothing I have put in my pack has gotten wet. The Hi-Vis Orange helps keep me safe and the fit is not distracting. My only gripe is that the main area of the pack is so small. I can fit my rain pants and rain shell and a ball cap inside and that is about it.
September 26, 2014