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Brightly coloured German-made waterproof backpack
Comprehensively equipped bag for the carry-all rider
Lightened pack for heavy loads
Simple, semi-bespoke commuter pack
Premium pack that misses the mark
Well-designed commute-specific pack
Comfortable and capable commuter bag at a decent price
Hardwearing roll top bag with a lifetime warranty
Waterproof all-weather commuter
Feature-packed luxury commuter pack
Elegant day-ride choice
Lightweight women's cycling pack
Versatile modular pack
Pretty comfy and well made for the money
If the harness fits you it's good for general lugging
Novel keep-your-stuff-dry bag
Off-road and commuting rucksack
Rucksack tool rack
Comfy, capacious, commuting kit carrier
Beautifully made, tough and lighter than it looks
Excellent high-capacity commuting backpack
It's a pannier, it's a rucksack, it's a bar bag - it's SuperBag!
A man bag for the style-conscious cyclist
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Nice pack, shame about the price
Compared to the Megamouth, the Mako has narrower, more curved shoulder straps that sit securely round female curves.
Pockets. And lots of them. We counted 13: zippered, Velcro tabbed, meshed, the lot. The Megamouth is great looking too.
Ortlieb have a long heritage of manufacturing waterproof bags and panniers to the highest standards. This is the Flight, their new waterproof rucksack. It's available in two sizes - 22 and 27 litres - and both are large enough for a full day in the saddle.
This cover has 3M reflective materials and electro luminescent piping that can flash or run constant on two AA batteries. It has taped seams for water proofing and is secured withan elasticated hem and two popper-closure straps. It fits most 20-40 litre packs but it's not cheap.
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.
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 first thing you notice about the Superbike (18 4ltr) is the generous use of reflective piping. Look further and you'll find a foldaway high-vis, lifejacket-style windproof cape too.
Weighing in at under a half a kilo, the Ultratrail 12 is part of Vaude's new range of incredibly lightweight yet fully waterproof kit.
The hump is a waterproof Hi-Viz cover designed for use with rucksacks of capacities between 20 and 60 litres.
Of the two women's rucksacks on test, the Daystar features a superior, truly women specific fit. The harness has a shorter back length and the shoulder straps are comfortably shaped to fit around the bust.