Icon Squad 2 Mil Spec Backpack
Bought the hi-vis version for military use.
Was cool until the honeymoon phase ended (a couple days) and I realized how little room this pack actually has inside the "big" compartment compared to how big, bulky, and heavy the pack is overall.
I personally think the helmet holder feature is useless and a waste of space. I would much rather use that space for more stuff in the bag and carry my helmet or lock it onto my bike.... Especially because of how big and heavy the pack already is without a helmet hanging out the bottom.
Wish I had checked out this and the squad 2 in person before purchasing. I would also return if I could but already rode with it in the rain and what not.
Bottom line: Check it out in person first. See how much gear you can throw into it at a store, put it on and then sit on a bike to see how it really feels.
May 17, 2016
please do not buy
with in the first week i riped the front chest protector stiches all out just schinching up the straps because the bag is oversized and flops around and causes to much drag. now most of the stiching is loose or pulling thru. i ride a ducati Panigale S and any ting over 80mph i feel like im wearing a parachute and if i steep out from be a big rig or suv i feel the bike start to pull the front up or me go off the back, just to much drag and it scratched the tail faring i am mad about that... i have thrown the bag in the closet where it now lays. after 6monthes of use. lots of better bags you can buy. boblbee. ogio. oakely, alpine.
May 2, 2015
Poor workmanship / materials
Stitching falls apart, after a year the material will be very frail... I no longer transport my laptop in the bag because I predict I will have to go find this on the side of the road when another shoulder strap comes loose... backpack will not last you long. Very disappointing considering the price they are asking. This is my only ICON product, probably my last.
March 16, 2015
Love it to pieces!
Not sure about others experience i'm very please with my orange backpack. Very solid build, zips are super heavy duty, lots of pockets and other stuff. And the look of the backpack is impressive.
Thank you so much!
August 14, 2014
While it worked I loved this product.
I have used the Squad 2 pack for just about two years now. It is not longer safely usable. The Straps are starting to rip out of the back of the pack. I don't want it coming apart while I am on a ride. I used if for commuting. It was really convent when going to work with its built in badge holder. I really like the high vis. I don't like wearing a vest only to cover it up with a dark bag. The amount of stuff you can fit and still be comfortable is really amazing.
The down side: The warranty is 1 year. No ifs ands or buts. I feel that just under two years of use is unacceptable for the price this product commands. The lack of manufacturer support in this matter is also a thumbs down. The phone call with ICON left such a sour taste in my mouth that I don't want to buy anything from them ever again. ICON I hope you take heed and build your products with more quality.
June 28, 2014
Icon Squad II Mil Spec Backpack
I bought this backpack, mainly for commuting to work, which is about an hour and 15 min ride into Northern Virginia, from the Shenandoah Valley. I wanted to be able to carry my lunch, and have some added visibility. I was hesitant in buying it, due to some reviews of poor quality/durability of the backpack, but I haven't had any issues with it yet. I've only used it 2-3 times so far, but it seems to do well. The sleeves are kind of a PITA, so I left them off the last few times I've used it. Even with my lunch box in the main compartment, it doesn't seem to catch the wind too bad, even at speeds above 80mph. I would recommend this to anyone looking to be able to carry a fair amount of stuff on a longer ride, wanting added visibility. The reflective material on the backpack appears to work very well.
June 16, 2014
I bought this bag, assuming the Icon brand was best, and I thought Revzilla's friends, had it in stock for being a great product, but it is terrible, in use for less than two months and broke into the front due to poor design, as the seam of insurance are made in plastic reflector, and obviously does not support the stitching, the material used is of poor quality, a total loss of my investment, and I also value paid Revzilla I had to pay the shipping cost to my country. I do not know why military specifications listed as USA, does not support or domestic use, worse military use, this backpack a scam.
January 13, 2014
Yes it's good pack, however it's heavy even when empty. Also has a habit of always flaring out at the bottom do to the useless helmet compartment at the bottom. You can't adjust the ride height of the pack either so when you sit up on your bike it tends to annoyingly remind you it's there so too it adds so much drag when you're enjoying the power of your sports bike. But all this could be forgiven if it wasn't for the biggest draw back which is IT IS NOT WATER PROOF!!! You'd think with a high visibility being it's selling point they'd make it water proof for when you really need it which would be in a dark stormy weather.
December 31, 2013