Osprey says that the Momentum 22 was born to commute, and after using it for a month, we can see why.
First up of all, it’s very comfortable pack for daily duties. The ridged ‘Airspace’ back panel is designed to help with airflow and keep you from becoming too sweaty, though it’s not as well vented as the Altura Sector 30. The back panel is also supple enough that Momentum conforms well to the shape of your back while riding.
The wide shoulder straps are very well padded and keep the Momentum feeling comfortable, even when it’s so full it could burst. The waist and shoulder straps feel a little flimsy in comparison, but work to keep the bag in place during riding.
Storage space is ample for commute duties and very well designed. The 22l main compartment affords enough space for carrying clothes, shoes and those plastic pots you take your sandwiches to work in. There were occasional times where we wanted some more space, but not many.
The front compartment could be a little bigger, but it contains a useful selection of pouches for securely stowing essential items like wallets, phones and keys. You can easily access them without having to rummage in the depths of the main compartment. The LidLock helmet attachment is also very useful, as is the hi-vis rain cover.
This considering this is pitched as a commuting bag, it needs to be hardy enough to withstand the trials of continual daily use. It’s pleasing then that the zips, seams and finish of the Momentum are all well constructed and finished, and add to the overall quality, robust feel of the bag.