Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack
Functional it's expensive though.
I got it on special when it was 100 dollars and I don't know if I would ever buy it at regular price. Its not a huge bag but it has ample space for my textbooks and notebooks for school. There waterproof layer that folds out is great and works fantastic. The helmet carrier is also good when I need to use it.
March 4, 2014
Bought it a few weeks ago and so far so good. Very comfortable and steady while riding. I carry a bunch of random stuff for my EMT training plus some heavy books and binders. I ride a ZX6R and wear the backpack on top of my Astars jacket with no problems at all. So far is holding on strong and no signs of weak parts. Keeping on mind that "you get what you pay for" the price is not bad at all.
The only thing that I found unpractical (and this relate solely to me) was the "rain cover" not being removable. Where a I live it barely ever rains and if it does I have time to get home without getting soaked so it's unnecessary for me; instead I cut the liner and now I use the space to keep my clinical gloves close by and with easy access.
February 10, 2014
Great product. A little overpriced.
I think this backpack is great. I bought it mainly for the helmet carrying feature, but now I realize it has so much more than that. It fits very snug against your back so you won't have it flying around on the freeway. The straps have a clip to stop them from flying around too. Waterproof zipper compartments as well. How wonderful! I think this is a great backpack. Just a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
February 10, 2014
Can't imagine riding without it.
I absolutely love my A* Tech Aero. The flip down chest section is great for credit/debit/ID, makes purchasing food/gas/etc very easy without having to reach into jacket pockets or take of the backpack.
The ability to disengage the left shoulder strap is a life saver for when I wear my leather jacket. Getting into a backpack without this feature is a pain.
I really can't imagine riding without this backpack, I love it. I recently did a weekend road trip with just this backpack and no tank/saddle/tail bag, just the backpack. I was able to fit everything I needed by expanding this backpack. It's not huge, but if you're smart you can really stretch it's utility as an overnight/weekend bag.
Simply, I love this backpack. I only gave it a 4 star on durability because I haven't had it for long. But I would definitely recommend this backpack to every rider.
January 30, 2014
Maybe I got a faulty one?
I got this back pack for Christmas from my girlfriend. Well my motorcycle has been out of commission since before I was gifted the bag (the starter went out and I got laid off so no money etc). School just started this past week and well I finally got to use it albeit without riding my Ninja to school. This seems to end up being a blessing since for some reason whenever I try to put the bag on with the left strap first, the clip always disengages itself causing the backpack to flail off me since I hadn't put the right shoulder strap on yet. It's annoying now when I don't even have a riding jacket or gloves on. If that were to happen while I was riding it could cause serious problems, especially on the freeway since it's a 30mile+ ride for me so more time for it to fail on me. I pulled on it (the strap below the clip) while wearing it, not aggressively mind you just an average tug like if the bag bounced on a bad speed bump, to see if it would unclip easily and it did which made me even more nervous. This sucks cause I really really like the bag. Everything besides that one thing I like. I do think it's a good idea to help get the bag off easier, but I think it could be implemented in a better more secure way. Gloves don't make your fingers that unusable.
January 27, 2014
This backpack is everything I expected it to be, great back pack, I like it a lot, looks great, goes well with my other riding gear, very comfortable.
January 14, 2014
Cheap Materials, Will Not Last
Overall it is a beautiful pack with a rigid pouch design which is comfortable for long periods of riding. However for the money spent, the quality of the shoulder straps is not there. They fray easily and shred over time. Even cheap hiking packs last tens of years of daily use, while this pack has sacrificed quality for style in a way that is avoidable. I have only owned the product for 9 months and it has already worn nearly to a point where the shoulder strap will no longer connect to the hip nylon. The rest of the pack is really durable and still looks brand new (I've tried to take the best care of it that I could).. My only other complaint is the handle on top can cause a bit of a neck strain as it makes it more difficult to hold your head up while riding a sport bike with a jacket on. It is not really necessary and gets in the way. Get rid of it.
January 12, 2014
small but well designed.
I love the zippers on this bag. They make a nice seal. Good looking bag, a little small but looks durable. Love the air flow vents.
January 10, 2014