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American Kargo Trooper Backpack

Item: P270149

The American Kargo Trooper Backpack combines high capacity with a unique butterfly harness that keeps the weight off of your shoulders. Read More

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American Kargo Trooper Back Pack

The American Kargo Trooper was designed for, well, anything and everything you can imagine. It's big. It's tough. It's perfect. Of course, it includes interior and exterior pockets, tie-downs, the expected fittings and adjustments, a special laptop / tablet pocket, and is hydration compatible. Not to mention a place for first aid, a place for goggles, and the ability to secure your helmet to the back. You're going to quit before the Trooper even gets close.

The butterfly harness is the quintessential element in American Kargo’s approach to comfort and stability in our rider-centric product line. Incorporating multiple fit and fitting adjustments and increased surface area, the straps are designed to work around your equipment and the way you move. Your chest, arms, shoulders and core were carefully considered. The butterfly harness creates the functionality you need for the riding experience you want.


  • Goggle pocket
  • PVC backed 600D fabric
  • Double needle seam construction
  • D-Ring tie downs
  • Storage for tools
  • Internal mesh pockets
  • TSA Lock-compatible side compartment
  • Hydration compatible (sold separately)
  • Exterior helmet storage sling
  • Exterior storage straps with quick-release buckles
  • Oversized zipper pulls
  • Holds up to a 15" laptop in the padded storage compartment
  • Audio wire routing loops on either shoulder strap
  • 4-way adjustable butterfly harness
  • Retroflect reflective panels
  • 22" H x 14" W x 10" D
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4.4 / 5.0
40 Reviews
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Ease Of Install
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Fit & Finish
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4.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best investment
I am a new rider and safety was my highest priority when searching for gear. Without a doubt, this bag is one of the best investments I've made.

This bag has proven to be the perfect all-day commuter bag. I prefer the backpack vs tank bag to free-up my hands. The things I was looking for in a bag were safety, storage, and all around functionality. I'm more of a function over fashion rider.

I am 5'5" and 125lbs woman so wasn't sure how big this bag would be. I don't even notice the weight. The bag sits on my shoulders and straps to my chest perfectly. I only notice the weight when I have to take it off. It feel very sturdy when I'm riding.

The other bonus for me is that it is very very bright. I have the Hi-Viz. I want to thank American Kargo for making the reflective area a large surface area. It is really eye-catching when I ride at night in Los Angeles city freeways.

Storage wise, it has ample room. I could actually use more room but that's just my tendency to carry everything. This bag fits my chromebook, cables, paperwork, leather jacket, jeans, toiletries, and shoes. I also use the water bladders. The hooks and additions to the chest portion of the backpack work great to keep the drinking spout in-place.

If you're on the fence, get off and get it. You won't regret it.
November 4, 2014
2009 Honda CMX250C Rebel
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing backpack
I purchased the Hi-Viz version of the backpack to make sure people can see me at night. It fits almost everything I need (I am a law student and the books are huge) but for the average person this bag is perfect for everyday rides, etc. I highly recommend this bag.
January 19, 2015
2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sturdy, good sized, feature-laden pack
I bought this pack to replace a torn and no longer waterproof Kelty hiker I've had for years. The Kelty was a bit larger in overall volume, and had a better pen organizer pocket, but that's all that was (knowingly) sacrificed. This pack feels bombproof, and along with that it is heavy! I wouldn't hike with it, but my bike doesn't care about the weight, and the shoulder/chest strap system is wonderful at comfortably distributing even the fullest of loads. There are a good amount of pockets and storage, and lots of attachment points.

D-A-M-N HI-VIZ that's bright! Thing practically glows in even the dimmest of light (however it doesn't actually glow). Tons of reflective parts too. I bought this to commute with and add visibility in the early morning or evening hours when drivers are sleepy or tired and over-stressed and it sure does the trick.

I also use it for beer runs, holds 2 six packs, 2 bottles of wine, and 2 champagne with room for a little bit more! It has "good" interior volume, but is not 30-rack huge in the main area due to Y zipper configuration. It would probably hold 30 loose cans, if that's your style. The laptop area is super well padded and well sealed from the elements and fits a Mac Pro 15" in a neoprene sleeve without issue. 17" laptops might be tight, but you knew that would be an issue when you bought a surfboard for a laptop.

The 4 zipped pocket spaces offer good storage for all my odds and ends, glasses, medicine/first aid items, and lots of IT gadgets & cables. I don't use the visor pocket as I wear RX sun & day glasses but keep them, my phone, wallet and other fragile valuables in there instead.

The tool "wing" storage areas are useful and will fit a variety of long or taller tools, but super stubby things need to go in zip pockets. The "wing" storage is between the side zip pockets and the main area and is great, but if it rains (and you don't buy the optional cover) that area is potentially going to get wet. I bought the cover, which fits just fine in a "wing" mesh pocket and IS waterproof (so far) but doesn't feel as robust/thick as it looks in pictures.

The only 2 issues I have are:
1) The helmet strap pocket on the bottom tends to start to zip open if rubbed against my seat-cowl sometimes. It's never gotten more than an inch open, but I figure I should note it, and I'll probably remedy this by fastening the zipper somehow.
2) The interior water bladder holder is full width of the bag, so it might slide around.

Neither of these are show-stoppers and I recommend it to all.

Note: I use a carabiner to close the top two zippers in the Y configuration to ensure security, but the design is such that at speed the wind pushes the top closed for you anyway.
May 13, 2015
over 3 years ago
2012 Ducati Monster 696
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Better than I could have hoped for.
I got the high-vis version to replace my vest as a military rider when I need to carry things with me. This bag is BIG. Will easily hold my clothes and toiletries for a weekend trip. The grey portion you see in the picture is reflective material but I haven't ridden enough to see if that will hold up over time. The straps are comfortable and can be adjusted to fit. I'm very excited about this bag and the many trips that I have taken and will take it on.
November 11, 2014
2014 Yamaha YZF-R1
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
American Kargo got it right!
In my search for a daily commuter/every day backpack I ran into this gem! I originally had my eyes on an icon military spec II but I heard horror stories about the stitching and build quality. I am an ironworker so I tend to be hard on my backpacks.

Needless to say this pack can take IT! The fitment on my shoulders was spot on. It has a very natural, secure feeling to the harness system, with no belly obstruction so you can still tuck down on your tank. The double stitching is done properly! This backpack in every essence is quality!

Yeah I know 180 seems to be on the high side but it will be the last backpack you 'have' to buy. As for the style what can I say, it's beautiful and an absolute bonus if you ask me!

Bottom line if you're thinking about it, DO IT! You will not be disappointed.

Cons: Hydration pack/ packs sold separately.
July 17, 2014
2007 Suzuki GSX-R750
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Premium, functional and visually appealing
I ordered this bag after a collision involving me and a car; I became obsessed with visibility and led me to purchase this. I dont usually pay this much for bags but I made an exception for the premium quality, functionality, style and justified it after the crash for the reflectivity! This bag has enormous reflective areas all over whereas most bags have some small piping- or if you're lucky, a logo. the harness is not entirely straightforward but works well and makes the heaviest loads feel light. This product makes me feel seen as well as draws positive comments on its style from those in my social circles. It is water resistant; I dont ride in heavy rain EVER but I suspect it would hold up pretty well unless you're riding in the ocean ;) Great functionality, amazing build quality and one thing that surprised me is its a bit smaller than I was expecting; I was happy about that as I didnt want a massive backpack but its a bit more compact than I first thought. Can still fit a fair amount in it, though. I use it for the trek in to and from work all the time and would recommend this pack to anyone who the features and style appeal to; amazing product.
September 7, 2014
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Last backpack you'll ever buy
This bag is tough thick skinned and great. I spilled on the first day it cleans up easily. the laptop holder is great and there is so many features that you don't expect but then you open the bag and wonder why other bags don't have it. worth every penny
January 12, 2015
2014 Honda CTX 700N
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Fits like a glove
The fit on this thing is great. Everything is really easy to adjust and totally "set it and forget it." Doesn't shift a bit when riding and still allows airflow on hotter days. Build quality seems great, without loose strings hanging off or irregular stitching. Large capacity with external clips to allow for wrapping up your jacket and cinching it down to the back. All panels are PVC-lined, so it should handle rain well, but an extra rain cover is available from the manufacturer's site.
July 19, 2014
2014 Honda CB500F
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best backpack in the market
If you are looking for a Hi-viz backpack and you are in need for a lot of space for your clothes and a computer, this is the bag. Im a daily commuter and i pack my daily change of clothes here. And that's including my boots sometimes ( im in the military). You can easily pack for a weekend. Thebag even has a pocket for a weapon. Highly recommended.
February 16, 2015
2012 Yamaha FZ6R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
awesome back pack
This back pack is awesome!!!! I recently was riding with the icon squad 3.0 bag and although it was great, it was just to small for a daily commuter like myself. I needed a ton of storage space to be able to put gym clothes, packed lunch, my laptop to take anywhere with me and have plenty of other space left for what ever else . This bag was just what i needed. Check out my full you tube review if any one is interested to see what it looks like on with a riding jacket and helmet at Beansy Moto Reviews!!!!
May 19, 2016
2016 Ducati 959 Panigale
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Why did you choose this?
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the best motorcyclist all-in-one backpack plus it has a HELMET HOLDER which I couldn't found in the other brands.
Alhajer on Sep 27, 2017
Need to replace my current backpack and want one with one buckle closure and good visibility
Patrick A on Jul 6, 2017
the best motorcyclist all-in-one backpack plus it has a HELMET HOLDER which I couldn't found in the other brands.
Alhajer on Sep 27, 2017
size and durability
Arturo R on Jul 28, 2017
Need to replace my current backpack and want one with one buckle closure and good visibility
Patrick A on Jul 6, 2017
Lots of space, comfortable and highly visible.
Paul D on Jun 3, 2017
a great product but i would say it is more of a small travel bag if you intend to use it for school or work you may find it has a lack of room in the main compartment.
ian p on Apr 17, 2017
Quality and hi-viz. They thought of everything and I love the separate laptop compartment. Only con is it doesn't fit quite as much as I thought it would but still has a decent amount of space.
Charles d on Jan 6, 2017
need a large, supportive bag for on the bike
I M on Sep 15, 2016
This is a very functional bag but it's tall. For my daily use I bought the AK Commuter Pack. Much more functional for my needs but this one would be good to pack on bigger trips.
Toby H on Jun 21, 2016
A friend owns this backpack and loves it.
YetiOnAHonda on Jun 17, 2016
Lots of room and lots of pockets. Also the reflective panels were a major plus without sacrificing looks
Robert C on Mar 16, 2016
Tim C on Mar 13, 2016
Great backpack with lots of storage room and great retro reflectors. I bought the Hi viz. so cagers can see me easier.
Victoria N on Jan 10, 2016
needed a good big backpack
Victor F on Oct 25, 2015
This was the largest backpack I could find in its class. I can tell you it can swallow a whole bag of groceries no problem. Construction seems high quality, the materials used feel thick, and LOTS of retro! Only gripe I have is the padding on the shoulder straps is a bit light. It hasn't been uncomfortable so far, but I have't worn it with less than 3 layers on....
Mcgrizzein on Oct 25, 2015
High capacity backpack with "AK" on it, which is the abbreviation for my state. Also it's HI-VIS which is comforting.
also-- the option to clip a helmet to the back will come in very handy for me
W I on Sep 11, 2015
Ratings from other members, size, chest buckle/strap design
Omikron on Aug 5, 2015
Increase stowage capacity on trips.
Phil G on Jul 15, 2015
after i research every backpack this one was the only one offering everything i was looking for it. Size, Hi-Viz< a lot of pockets and water resistant.
george R on May 13, 2015
Great capacity and build quality. Hi-viz for using on base.
Joshua A on Apr 20, 2015
Nice big back pack. High viz yellow is a nice perk. Water packs very cool.
Collegeboy on Mar 20, 2015
Needed something that could haul a decent amount of gear through the weather. Reviews looked great.
Brandon W on Mar 6, 2015
The AK Trooper is big and tough. And it's Hi Viz!
Curtis S on Mar 5, 2015
I purchased this backpack mainly because of the retroflect and functionality. I realized that my bike and gear are all black and I need to be a bit more visible when I ride at night.
Anthony G on Jan 22, 2015
For commuting, and getting an actual riding backpack. Makes a big difference, i barely notice it. i was using a rush 24 which is an awesome backpack but hurt my back when riding for a long time.
Indomie on Nov 22, 2014
I needed a solid commuter backpack that would get me to the airport and then hold my helmet through security etc. It is the best backpack I've owned.
JSY04 on Oct 6, 2014
I have searched for months and months for the perfect pack and finally found it. Sure it is a bit pricey but THIS is the perfect pack for me. I chose this particular pack because of many different features; water resistance, large inner area, the "Y" opening, the 2 different pockets for hydration, the helmet netting, large zipper pulls, etc.. But, most of all, I chose this because of the sternum support and the quick/easy buckles on the front. Quick on, quick off, and lots of adjustability.
STEVE ""SUMORYDR"" A on Sep 26, 2014
The Color
Vinton K on Sep 17, 2014
Like the variety of pockets
David F on Sep 4, 2014
Currently in the military, Was looking for a hi-vis bag to fit assortment of clothes and boots.
Bryan M on Aug 9, 2014
size and durability
Arturo R on Jul 28, 2017
Lots of space, comfortable and highly visible.
Paul D on Jun 3, 2017
What is the internal capacity of the trooper in litres?
A shopper on Aug 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 22" H x 14" W x 10" D = 3080 cubic inches = 50.47 liters
Has anyone bought or used this pack for an offroad application? I am looking for a larger hydration pack for dirt bike riding. yes I like to carry a lot of stuff. I am trail rider not a moto cross rider.
A shopper on Feb 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't ride off road however on long trips this easily holds a 2 liter hydration pack on the inside pocket and plenty of other equipment.
I plan to use for offroad and I wear a Leatt neck brace. Will this pack integrate with an Alpinestrs neck brace or a Leatt neck Brace?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I wear this pack with the Leatt 5.5 GPX brace and there's no issues at all. I even use two different jackets- a Fly Racing four season jacket and the now discontinued Leatt GPX Adventure Jacket. The Leatt jacket allows the brace to be worn *under* the jacket. The backpack works fine with either.
Does this product have any manufacturer warranty?
Nicholas R on Jun 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I just checked, They have a limited lifetime warranty.
Would you recommend this backpack for a long (300+ mile) journey? Any fatigue after wearing this for a couple hours on the freeway?
Dylan H on Oct 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have worn this pack for the better part of 11 hours and besides the normal fatigue of riding that long I did not notice anything extra while wearing this pack. Hope this helps.
Is this waterproof?
Evan G on Sep 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It has help up pretty well rain on its own (all kinds), but I've never done more than 6-10 miles or 30 min in such conditions. I also have the extra cover but that gets soaked through quickly and I'm not sold on it's usefulness except in light to medium drizzle. Anyway, my gear has stayed dry in all events and the laptop sleeve area is definitely been dry.
I'm a new rider and dont have a bag yet for commuting. I was wondering if this bag can store laptop (13 inch macbook pro), blazer (i dont care if it gets wrinkled) and a pair of mens
dress shoes which are size 10.5 - 11?
Gregory A on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hey Gregory,
The items you list would fit easy and then some. The main compartment is plenty big and plenty of room for a 13" in the laptop portion. Love this bag!
Do you ride with it with a second helmet in the net?
Simon Y on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I personally do not, however I suspect it's possible. A helmet in the net is pretty secure, I'd just be worried that using it like that consistently on a bumpy bike may weaken the netting over time. Also, as another thought the helmet sticks out pretty far when attached to the pack and kind of throws you off balance. I probably wouldn't be comfortable riding with one attached.
How is the visibility of the black/gray backpacks? With the retroreflective panels, is it visible enough during day/night? Obviously the hi-viz is a better option for safety, but my vanity tells me to try the others first...
Dylan H on Oct 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have been using this version of the bag for quite some time. The lighter gray spots (on the photo) are actually quite reflective. However, that is it.

I may suggest the Black/White version if you are truly considering safety.

I am quite pleased with the purchase as this bag has everything and then some. Highly recommended.
I freedive spearfish and finding a backpack that can take 17# weight belt, wet suit and fins strapped to the outside has been very difficult. Anyone think it would fit this gear? I will not be on a motorcycle but I will be running (slowly)...
A shopper on Aug 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've never done spearfishing so do not take my word as gospel as I'm unfamiliar with the requirements for the equipment.

However, I've used this backpack to travel back and forth from Afghanistan to USA and between multiple bases while here. I wouldn't call it a huge backpack, but it's certainly got enough space for a few days of travel. The two pockets on the outside can open when unbuckled, and I've found them useful to hold extra gear by putting it between the pockets and main compartment, and pulling the buckle's tight.
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