Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack
First Riding backpack i have owned but compared to my Oakley and UA backpacks of the same price range it is similarly made (i.e quality). Road around with it fully packed with, shoes, laptop, school books, and a lunch and it held up fine (lunch was smashed but boohoo who cares) didn't shift or move too much. It straps in sturdy with just the hip strap fastened and with the chest map piece it feels even more secure. Best part? The features! From the rain cover to the strap holders to the helmet straps it feels like it was made to handle most if not all city commuting necessities. Things i noted from other reviews, the helmet strap thing actually did not make me look too "hunch backy" however it is not slims McGee either. To me, not an issue. The other thing was the zippers, i thought people were just being wimps about the zippers being hard to operate but it is in fact true. It requires concentration and two hands (most of the time) so if you plan on taking things out while you ride it will be difficult.
Over all: Looks beastly, holds on tight, doesn't feel cheap, lots of features. If you have the money buy it. if not, get the money and buy it. Simple.
August 12, 2014
Great Riding Pack
I got this as a Christmas gift from my wife, so it's more than I would have spent on myself. It's a great pack, but I don't know if the price is due to some of the features I ended up deleting. I made a few tweaks like cutting out the rain cover to add more outer storage. I also removed the cross straps and map holder to remove wind flapping clutter, and I'm probably going to do the same with the hide-away helmet holder to get even more outer storage.
One thing I don't like is the framing for one of the vents interferes with the main zipper, so it gets stuck trying to open it. Also, there's very little external storage (which is why I tweaked it to add pockets), but the internal pockets and nets almost make up for that. It's also deceptively roomy inside. I had enough room for my laptop, a small space heater, my summer riding jacket, a spare pair of socks, and all the various pens, pads, and other miscellaneous items. What more could you ask for?
July 9, 2014
Expansive but worth it!
I bought few backpacks prior to this one, and I think this is the one.
The bag is high quality bag. Have great protection from the rain (zippers are covered with nylon material beside cover that is part of the bag).
Have helmet carrier attached to the bag. Have plenty storage for my laptop, 2 tablets and some other electronics.
I definitely recommend this backpack.
Points to consider: no bottle holder pockets that could be in my opinion part of the bag.
It is great for commuting, but not enough space top add shoes and clothes if you already have your electronics in.
I definitely recommend this one and I try few others in the past (like Givi 2.0, Ogio and others).
June 14, 2014
Great backpack, bad zippers.
This backpack is amazing for daily use/commuting. I been using it every day for a little more than a yr now. The rain cover is great. It keeps my laptops and belongings dry. The waist pockets, the chest "pocket". Most of the pockets are great except the one for the "cellphone" on the shoulder strap. Is so small that it fits perfectly for my garage door beeper. I barely use the helmet pocket. I think is a weird hunchback.
My problem is that two days ago one of the zippers broke and the other is on it's way. The backpack can be perfect but without functional zippers it's really a let down.
June 8, 2014
Okay bag for the price
I got this bag when it was on sale for $100, but normally I wouldn't purchase this bag for full price. That being said, it has a lot of neat features that are good for motorcycling. The helmet holder and the rain shield pouch are all nice.
One major problem I have with this is the quick release. It works great when you want to take off your bag, but it comes off too easily when riding. I had it come off on me during headchecks on the freeways or just stretching at a light. I had to zip tie the thing together to prevent it from happening.
plenty of room in the bag
April 24, 2014
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