Hey, everyone! As someone who commutes to work on my bike and often wants to bring things with me such as lunch or my waterproofs- a good backpack doesn’t go amiss. I don’t miss the days of lugging my stuff around in a cheap, barely water resistant bag with straps so thin that you feel every bump on the road trying to break your collarbone.
So I went looking for a new backpack, something sturdy, waterproof but more than anything- I wanted something comfy that felt as though it takes the weight off my shoulders so I wouldn’t get such a sore neck. And then I remembered the Knox Studio Roll Top Rucksack.
I looked at it for a long time, it’s a good looking bag, a bit different, goes well with a more custom outfit and would definitely look better with casual looking leather than a more race oriented jacket. And I saw it’s price tag of £74.99 [prices accurate 22/06/18] thinking “Blummin’ eck, that’s a lot for a backpack.” but the only way to know if it’s really any good is to give it a go. So I took the gamble and my word am I glad I did.
It might just be because I went from a motorcycle backpack that felt like it had cheese wire for straps but after loading up the Knox Studio Backpack with all my stuff I instantly felt the difference. As in I felt a weight off my shoulders literally. The Straps are wide and comfy, even just that made wearing a backpack actually enjoyable. But with the additional waist and chest buckles all of that weight is spread evenly and the bag isn’t shifting anywhere.
Comfort aside there’s a couple of extra helpful features. Underneath the top of the rucksack it’s actually a roll top bag. So this backpack is excellently waterproof and my gear has remained dry every time, including the time I was caught in a rainstorm on a few-hour’s ride south with water coming at me from all angles on the motorway. If not for that bag saving my change of clothes- that would not have been an enjoyable weekend.
Another handy feature is the helmet carrier. It’s a hidden strap underneath the top flap of the bag that you can secure your helmet to the back of the bag with. It says that it’s only for off-the-bike use but I have a little hack for that. If you fasten up your helmet strap, use the backpacks’s helmet carry strap around that and then use the bag’s two outer straps around your lid’s chin bar [if it has one]- you’ve got a far more secure helmet carrier that I’ve used to ferry extra helmets on several occasions.
After using it for a good while now and really putting it through hell, I’m made up with this bag. My things are safe and dry, I’m much more comfortable while I’m riding so even on the rides to work- the whole experience is just that much more enjoyable without the tired, aching shoulders.