Commuter gear – Interbike 2013

Commuter essentials from Blackburn, Chrome, Ortlieb and Osprey

There were a number of companies showcasing their latest bags and packs for commuters at Interbike 2013.

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Panniers, saddlebags and backpacks continue to get more refined, with as much emphasis on form as function. Blackburn and Chrome were showing off new lines of panniers and bags. Chrome has created a line of bags for motorcycle riders as well.

Osprey was showing off its Portal backback, which has a zippered compartment with a clear screen that allows the user to access their tablet without removing it from the bag.

The Osprey Portal with the tablet window open and closed. The Portal line retails for US$100 to US$160, depending on size.
The osprey portal with the tablet window open and closed. the portal line retails for us$100 to us$160, depending on size. :
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Osprey thinks the Portal will be a hit with commuters who spend a lot of time on trains, subways and buses
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