Oxford Aqua 25R Backpack
Exactly what I got it for
Before I got this bag I was using just a regular School backpack. It did the job but then I always worried about my stuff in the rain and rightfully so, it would soak through in no time. So I got this bag and on the first day I rode with it I packed a ton of stuff in it. I’m in college and use it to commute, but was headed home from a week with my folks. So I packed 1 weeks worth of clothes, a thick book (5x8x4), motorcycle cover, 2 pair of shoes, and a rack of ribs in the front pocket, along with a few other items all of with filled every inch of my usual duffle bag. With all of this in there I still got the full 2 roll water tight seal. I got coaught in the rain for nearly 45min on my ride back from my folks and when I finally got home I may have had a number of missed calls from a nervous mother but my phone was perfectly dry as was the rest of my stuff :) I find it is the best pack I could find for the $$$ and does its job very well.
July 20, 2015
Pretty good, only minor complaints
I commute year round in Seattle so I needed a waterproof bag for my things. This totally fits the bill. It keeps everything perfectly dry and has even more room than I thought it would. I'm able to get my revit tornado pants with liner, spare pair of shoes, some misc work items and have room to spare.
I was hoping that the back would be more rigid so items in the bag wouldn't poke me while I'm riding. I have a back protector in my jacket so it's not really an issue. I did add some reflective tape, however, because it seems only the lettering is reflective and not the large grey patches to either side. I wanted a little more.
April 3, 2015
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