The Vaude Aquarius bladder supplied with this pack comes with its own cleaning brush and some oddly IKEA-esque DIY instructions for assembly. It slides neatly into a zipped sleeve at the back of the slender pack, while another full-length zip pocket with an extra mesh pouch does a grand job of providing sensibly minimal storage space. The soft and thickly padded waist belt and lightly wired back system do a truly great job of transmitting the load to the hips where it belongs, giving this pack a really airy, barely-there feel. Bright canary yellow might not be for everyone though, so other colours are available.
Stylish carrier from the lock specialists
Super lightweight slurp sack
Brilliant cross-country pack
Comfortable even when fully laden
Bargain priced and pockets aplenty
Superb rucksack for all-day trail riding
Laptop friendly backpack for cyclists
Ultimate travel protection for your bike
Sport-specific snapper backpack
Aptly named pack loaded with features
Dakine’s Nomad is a bit of a benchmark pack and with good reason. Solidly built, the neat touches like the option to hide pad straps beneath the bottom of the bag and the two deep hip pockets indicate a pack that’s been well thought through. There’s plenty of space for tools in the front zip pocket, and all the main pockets are double zipped, too. In fact, our only real niggle would be that this bag is a beautifully stealthy all-over black, so why not even the tiniest bit of reflective trim?
Sometimes the simplest things can spoil an otherwise perfect tour, for example, leaking seams in your panniers or trailer. This dry bag provides a simple solution to this common problem.
If you're the sort of rider who thinks that fording a waist deep river in the pouring rain is all part of an ordinary day on the bike, then this is the bag for you. Ortlieb are a German company well known for making waterproof travel and expedition bags. Many cycle messengers also use their quirky roll top model to keep packages dry in transit.
This yellow peril’s very short in the back and stable, even when heavily loaded. The waistbelt wings cinch down snugly onto the hips, with pockets keeping snacks close to hand for on-the-fly feeding. The bladder sits neatly in a sleeve at the back of the main compartment, while a pump sleeve, extra zip pockets and bellows expansion make it a real Tardis of a pack. The velcro hose guides are a particularly neat trick – no more trying to force 90-degree valves through narrow sleeves. The soft mesh back keeps things cool even when it’s not, and we could only quibble with the slightly scratchy shoulder straps a tiny bit, but that's all.
The Mako is a bit longer in the back than the majority of women’s packs we’ve tried. It’s replete with masses of storage space for kit – two full length pockets, three mesh stash pockets, an organiser pocket and a bungee provide homes for everything you could ever need on a day ride. The harness is more than up to the job of supporting a heavy load, but the relatively un-sculpted back gets a bit sweaty under the sun. The bladder is another Nalgene affair – narrow-necked but substantial – which sits in its own sleeve at the back of the main compartment and comes complete with the great magnetic bite valve ‘park’.
The Luxe is CamelBak’s new female-specific version of the classic Mule.
Cycle-friendly suit bag
Great value lightweight pack
Comfy and well designed
Cotton duck courier bag
Keep your photographic crown jewels safe
Versatile 2 litre pack
Versatile enough to be your only bag?