Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack
Great bag, lots of extras.
It really is an awesome bag. I use it to ride for class every day, easy to go from riding to walking around campus. Fits snug and i like the heavy duty chest piece that connects the two shoulder straps. The phone pocket doest fit an actual phone, doesn't fit my iPhone 5 even so I took it off. Only other complaint is that the laptop pocket could be better designed, Its kind of floppy and just bugs me when there isn't a laptop inside. Could be a few more pockets but maybe I have too much stuff. Great bag, good price, great quality.
April 15, 2014
Great backpack except for the moronic qiuck release catch on the shoulder strap.
Love this backpack but have had to gaffer tape the quick release on the shoulder strap as any movement made it release. You can imagine how disoncerting it is to have your backpack sag to the right suddenly when you're hooking around a bend because it has "quick released"... no need for it it doesn't work and it is infuriating - get rid of it Alpinestars!
April 14, 2014
Great pack: Rain or Shine
Great pack that I use in the rain or dry days. Hold a helmet quite well and the taped seams prevent water entry. I like the expandable option if we need it but can zip it closed if not needed. A little pricey but you get what you pay for.
April 14, 2014
Great bag for riding! One thing not mention is that the window pocket in the sternum attachment is touch friendly for my phone.
March 29, 2014
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