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.
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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’.
Keep your photographic crown jewels safe
Versatile enough to be your only bag?
Ideal for when you're off off the beaten track
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.
It's a pannier, it's a rucksack, it's a bar bag - it's SuperBag!
Comfy, capacious, commuting kit carrier
Built-in spine protection for freeriders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Less can most deﬁnitely be more
Versatility and comfort
Perfect for fast paced rides
Outdoor adventure pack that works very well on rides
Ultra light pack
Breathable pack with all-day storage
Large capacity women’s adventure pack
Lightweight women's cycling pack