Most People know the Givi brand as the one that makes all the boxes and special cases, like top boxes and panniers, for motorcycles. But did you know that they do backpacks, too? Givi cover a whole range of products, all to do with helping you get your stuff from A to B. As someone who doesn’t really want to go attaching extra bits of metal to my bike I tend to look most at Givi’s range of soft luggage options when I think I may need a little bit of extra space to carry stuff. And even then I’m mostly drawn to backpacks which is why I’m making this blog entry to introduce you all to the Givi Ultima-T Range Waterproof 35l Backpack.
While a lot of people like their top boxes and panniers, I prefer a good motorcycle backpack. If what I’m doing requires taking more than a reasonable backpack can hold then I likely won’t bother doing it. So a good backpack is essential, it needs to be a decent size but maybe not hardcore hiker huge. And if all that weight is going to be hanging off of me then I want it to be distributed evenly and hanging off of me comfortably.
Which is why the Givi Ultima-T Range Backpack with it’s 35 litres of carry capacity is just right. The advantage of a backpack is that it keeps the weight in the middle of the bike. True- the weight is hanging from you but it keeps the bike from being thrown off balance by having bags hanging off the sides or over the back of the bike. Gear on the sides or back can move the bike’s centre of gravity away from where it should ideally be but too much weight hanging off the rider can be a problem as well. So the 35 Litres the Givi Ultima ensures that you’ve got plenty of room but the backpack it’s self isn’t going to get too huge or heavy. Unless you’re packing bricks or bars of Gold.
To keep your shoulders from getting sore the backpack has adjustable straps and ergonomic padding as well as belt clips. This is to spread as much of the weight across the back, shoulders, chest and waist as possible so that the rider feels the weight less. Too much weight on the shoulders can make them tense up, cause discomfort and affect the rider’s handling. But even if you have the best backpack in the world, I strongly recommend you make regular rest stops on longer trips.
The Ultima it’s self is made from a heavy-duty PVC Tarpaulin, a really tough and waterproof material that’ll keep your belongings held securely together and keep them dry. To assist in waterproofing, the backpack uses a roll-up closure system, which is really good for allowing a wide aperture for getting belongings in but when rolled up stops the rain from doing so. That said, while it’s described as waterproof, it’s just rain proof, even against heavy rain. Heck, this backpack will keep your stuff dry in a torrential downpour. But if you actually submerge this backpack in water then your stuff will get wet. So as long as you’re just riding and don’t plan on scuba diving with it- your stuff is going to survive the journey.
And that’s a quick intro to the Givi Ultima-T Range Waterproof Backpack 35L and a few reasons why I prefer backpacks to other luggage options. Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!