Oxford Aqua v20 backpack review£50.00

Do you want to keep your belongings dry?

BikeRadar score4/5

There’s a clue in the Oxford Aqua v20's name. If you want waterproofing, this backpack has it in spades.

It comes with welded seams and a super-dry rolltop closure that's secured with buckles. Even the external pocket has a water-resistant zip with a large protective zip port.

The other big selling point is how bright this bag is, with rear chevrons, huge side panels and even the light loop made of reflective materials.

It’s tough, easy to clean, and the chest and waist straps keep it secure. Your back may get a little sweatier than with some more vented designs, and the main section is a single large pocket, but if you want simplicity, appreciate brightness and keeping your kit dry, this is a great call.

There’s a dinky little 12-litre one for £40/$50 too.

  • Weight: 829g
  • Volume: 20 litres
Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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