Patagonia Lightweight Travel Pack
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A daypack that rightly thinks it's a hydration pack
Built-in spine protection for freeriders.
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.
Another fast ‘n’ light pack, Vaude’s Ultratrail is a simple, straightforward single compartment bag.
There aren't too many backpacks on the market that offer as much back protection as this. And by protection we mean protection in the armour-plated sense, ideal for freeride biased riders but thoroughly sensible for others too.
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’.
Freakish in both look and feel, the Attack is one of those products that only feels right when you’re riding. Thankfully, we were able to spend enough time riding with it to realise that it’s actually a very stable, confidence-inspiring thing to have on your back when things get hairy. It does a good job of hauling a limited amount of gear, and though it doesn’t include dedicated space for a bladder, we housed a three litre one in the main compartment, running the hose through the zip without any problems.
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.