Commuting rucksack recommendations please

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Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby Jonny_Trousers » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:33 pm

Looking for a small, light backpack (ideally that won't make my back super sweaty) that I can stick a spare tube, a pump and a change of clothes in (no need to be able to take shoes). There are loads out there, but I thought I'd try to get some first hand advice from you lot.

Thanks!

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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby GlenWatt » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:51 pm

My vote would go to for an Osprey Escapist 25 L.
Comfy and not too sweaty, interior is very flexible for carrying bits.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby dhope » Mon Mar 04, 2013 21:58 pm

Deuter Race. Shirt, trousers, underwear is fine along with a spare tube and pump. Wont take much more.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby trooperk » Mon Mar 04, 2013 22:00 pm

Not sure if what you looking for but have a look at the Gelert serenity rucksack range with the feature of a cool air back system, comes in different sizes, think 18,22,and 28 LTS.
I like my as it doesn’t get as sweaty as a normal backpack, but be warm though because the rigid curve frame it’s hard to get big stuff in.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby MrSweary » Mon Mar 04, 2013 22:23 pm

Lowe Alpine Airzone 25. Sits off your back so will keep it cool. Built in rain cover, waist and chest straps so it stays put. Oh and it has a whistle in case you get lost....

I get clothes and travel towel plus wash gear, pump, spares etc in with ease. Room for lunch and extra shoes too if necessary.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby pangolin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 22:30 pm

I think you'll just get lots of people telling you what rucksack they have, as long as it hasn't exploded / set on fire / ruined everything you put in it.

In that vein, I have a Camelbak Mule, had it about 4 years now and still seems fine.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby StuAff » Mon Mar 04, 2013 22:48 pm

+1 for the Deuter suggestion. Got a Bike 1 (30l so bigger than you need, probably), superb bit of kit.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby daviesee » Mon Mar 04, 2013 23:24 pm

As per everyone else, I can only recommend what I use.
Deuter Superbike. 4 1/2 years of flawless performance.
Airstrips to keep you cool, light, small enough, expandable, lots of pocket options, built-in rain cover, built-in gilet type thing, H2o........

When (if?) it ever gives up the ghost I will be replacing it with whatever the latest version is.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby PorlyWorly » Tue Mar 05, 2013 00:25 am

Deuter Race also, superb for the money
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby Blandiblub » Tue Mar 05, 2013 08:43 am

+1 for Deuter Race. Comfortably fit tube, pump, change of clothes and my lunch (!) in with multi-tool/levers, building passes, etc in the zipped pockets. Have used it to take my tablet (10") to work on occasion too.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby cyclingprop » Tue Mar 05, 2013 09:21 am

Deuter +1.

AND use the code 30%PACKS if you're buying it at Cyclesurgery this week.
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby Sketchley » Tue Mar 05, 2013 09:56 am

Deuter Race EXP Air, got one at Xmas, not cheap, but not expensive either and great bit of kit.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deuter-race-exp ... tAodGU8AEQ
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby spasypaddy » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:02 am

when im only carrying that amount i use my deuter race, its light, its comfortable, its great.

if im carrying more than that i use an alpkit bag. which is brilliant and cheap

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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby corriebee1 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:08 am

I'm just using my Dakine ski rucksack. It has chest strap and plenty of room and is indestructible quality.

Hoping to ditch the rucksack come the Summer once I get my regular routine sorted.

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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby vermin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:08 am

Vaude Alpin Air is a good (in my opinion better - I recall provaricating long and hard between the two) alternative to the Deuter. Worth a look.

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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby pangolin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:14 am

Just to throw a spanner in the works... when I am carrying as little as you list, like I was today, I use a large saddlebag. Any backpack makes me much sweatier than not having one, so if possible I try not to take one.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ortlieb-classic-large-saddle-bag/
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby spasypaddy » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:43 am

can you really get shirt, trousers, boxers and tools in one of them?

i suppose it opens up back pockets for phone/wallet/bits

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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby Sharkyssurfers » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:46 am

i use an alpkit 25 litre rucksack, holds my clothes, lunch, tubes, pump and waterproof to boot
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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby kieranb » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:51 am

if I was buying a new one rather than a rain cover I'd try and get one that is water proof, I never stop to pull the cover on if its raining, who wants to stop in the rain? Also they are a pain to dry. Bear in mind its usability for other activities as well?

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Re: Commuting rucksack recommendations please

Postby pangolin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:05 pm

spasypaddy wrote:can you really get shirt, trousers, boxers and tools in one of them?

i suppose it opens up back pockets for phone/wallet/bits


Ah tis a good point, I missed that he takes a whole change with him. My trews and work shirts are at work.

Today I fitted into mine:

Various tools, pump, tube, spare battery
Boxers, socks, tshirt
Sandwich, banana, crisps
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