Oxford Aqua 25R Backpack
High quality but small opening for gear
With the design of the bag (roll-top), there isn't a whole lot of room to get gear inside. Just fitting in the rolled up waterproof liner to my jacket was difficult even though there is plenty of space actually inside the bag. I'd also like the option to completely remove the lower secondary set of straps instead of just repositioning it with the velcro patch. The one outer pocket does provide plenty of room for my first aid kit and tire repair kit.
I haven't tested the waterproof nature yet, but based off feel and other reviews I'm not worried. For the size and money, I'd recommend it and would buy it again.
March 11, 2015
This product is straight forward. If you're looking for a waterproof ruck sack, you can't go wrong.
The strapping are secure, a but bulky at times.
The bag is air proof, so once closed, air can't escape.
Air gets trapped
They include a one-way air valve/hole where air can escape if you push it out once you seal the bag, similar to what they do for coffee bags.
March 9, 2015
No regrets on that purchase
I had this bag for about 3 months now, and I have to admit I have nothing bad to say about it! :)
It's large: I can fit my 15" laptop, its plug, a couple of notebooks, a pair of shoes, a pair of pants, a shirt, my jacket and pants waterproof layers, my lunch, and still have room for a few things.
Oh, and the front pocket can hold another more than decent amount of volume.
The bag is overall very comfortable and does not feel heavy on my shoulder. It also seems very sturdy and 100% waterproof.
February 2, 2015
Comfortable shoulders and waist straps. Highly visible and absolutely waterproof. 6600 miles in 22 days through all weather conditions. Plenty of storage.
November 11, 2014
Well above average.
Fits great except when full. If you wear a helmet, it is not possible to to adjust it low enough to clear your helmet. Long rides are durable but fatigue is noticeable after hour 3. Overall it is a well made bag.
July 14, 2014
The bag is very spacious and can easily hold my laptop, extra pair of shoes and clothes, and some groceries on a quick stop to the store on my way home from work. The outer pocket did get a little wet when my bag was stuffed to the max and it ended up raining but the main compartment stayed dry. Overall good bag for the price.
July 9, 2014
It's really ugly
Pic looks a lot better then it actually looks, only good if riding in the rain...
June 28, 2014
Durable, comfortable and tons of space
The Oxford Aqua 25R Backpack is perfect for my commute to work. I can easily fit my Lenovo T420 Thinkpad, a 3-ring binder, additional documents, and laptop charger with plenty of room left over. The front pocket zipper is great for stashing my mobile devices and wallet. The build is durable and weather-resistant. Also, the backpack is extremely comfortable and secure due to its chest and hip straps.
This Oxford backpack is both good-looking and useful -- well worth the sub-$80 price. Oh, and the high viz colors are great. Highly recommend.
April 24, 2014