Icon Squad 3 Mil-Spec Backpack
Great backpack. Just what I was looking for.
My bike is black. Black jacket. Black helmet with dark smoke visor. One day it dawned on me, maaayyybbee i should make myself more visible before one of these cagers takes me out. I have tons of respect for the guys rolling down the freeway with hi-vis everything but it's not for me. This backpack is a great compromise - high visibility in front and back but still stylish. Plus it's easy to leave at home if I want a more low-profile look, for whatever reason.
Lots of comments on here about the size/volume. If you really plan on trying to pack a lot of stuff then yeah you'd probably need a bigger backpack. For me I use it for commuting so it holds my laptop, sack lunch, and maybe a couple other small items without getting bulgy. I wouldn’t want anything bigger.
I got the orange backpack (and like it a lot). Are you thinking about getting the hi-vis yellow but think it might be a bit "too much" yellow? Nah, go for it. In the video and pictures online, the yellow and orange is all your eyes can focus on. When you actually get this backpack out of the box you realize it's just the right amount of hi-vis balanced with black. If i had it to do over again I'm sure the yellow would have been just fine.
July 9, 2015
This is a great, snug bag that everyone can see. There is plenty of room in this bag, but it isn't all that bulky when you don't have it full. I use one of the ID flaps for my company ID so I don't have to dig through everything to get into the office in the morning.
May 18, 2015
Great Pack. Just get it
Not just for riding. Everything is well designed and ergonomic. Everything makes sense.
I just got it so I don't know about durability.
May 15, 2015
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