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Google tells me there are a ton of options - so after recommendations please

 

Doesn't need to be to big - a change of clothes at most

 

Comfort is the main priority

 

Cheers

Rob

 

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I've used a Kathmandu Nucleon 20l for the past 3 years, and it's still going strong. Holds a change of clothes but isn't too big. Can put in a bladder as well if needed (I originally bought it for Trailwalker).

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Deuter Brand

"Race Exp Air" Model.

 

I've ridden up to 3 hours on my back and I never know its there. Its 12 litre with a 3 litre expand section. reflective. fluro yellow rain cover. mesh back so it sits off your back.

 

One of the best bit of kit I have ever bought (from wiggle 2 years ago post hours of research on product and price). Size would be my only issue. Do you need to carry shoes and a jacket as well?

 

A good tip is to take what you will carry to a shop and check what size you need.

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I use an Ortlieb Waterproof Messenger backpack. I got it after rain soaked through cloth backpacks and stained a couple of shirts.

 

I've got the big one, so can easily carry work clothes and lunch plus running gear and a towel etc for a swim, when needed. But they have smaller ones. Very visible too - big and red (they come in yellow too) with reflectors on the side.

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Deuter Brand

"Race Exp Air" Model.

 

I've ridden up to 3 hours on my back and I never know its there. Its 12 litre with a 3 litre expand section. reflective. fluro yellow rain cover. mesh back so it sits off your back.

 

One of the best bit of kit I have ever bought (from wiggle 2 years ago post hours of research on product and price). Size would be my only issue. Do you need to carry shoes and a jacket as well?

 

A good tip is to take what you will carry to a shop and check what size you need.

+1 great product

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I use the (older) version of the Mountain Hardware Paladin. I use it for my commute to work, and it's travelled the world with me. Lots of pockets, and a great side-entry for the laptop to get it out in a hurry at the security queue at airports, plus space inside for all the sports' gear.

 

There's a review of it here (I have the all black one, and have not watched this, so cannot comment on what's said): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_gRbBdKflc

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Osprey Talon 11, durable, clings on like a frightened monkey. Very comfy too, I used to use it for very long trail runs with no issue.

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Pretty much anything by Black Wolf. I spent about $70 on the Freestyle 30 at Rebel a few months back and it's been great. Light, solid, lots of adjustment/straps, and can take a bladder if needed.

Bargain for a very functional bit of kit as opposed to the 'cheap' tat at the same price with some global logo/brand on it.

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Also a fan of the Deuter Race Exp(s) - they have an open mesh design to keep pack of back and reduce sweat, but also shape and size options.

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Pretty much anything by Black Wolf. I spent about $70 on the Freestyle 30 at Rebel a few months back and it's been great. Light, solid, lots of adjustment/straps, and can take a bladder if needed.

Bargain for a very functional bit of kit as opposed to the 'cheap' tat at the same price with some global logo/brand on it.

 

I have the Black Wolf Messenger bag and its been great. Its got plenty of room and is pretty waterproof too.

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I have a Orca waterproof one. Has the drybag top that you fold down. Great for cycling but not the best for running as is a bit big and doesn't have compression straps.

Just means that you can pack all your gear and not worry about if it rains.

 

Use a Camelbak Rim Runner for running, been a great pack and used for about 6 years

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If you wear a suit at work, the Henty Wingman is amazing. http://henty.cc/

Loving mine for business trips as well - allowed as carry-on for Dash8's, whereas the wife's small roller bag that is allowed on the jets gets removed and placed under the plane on those planes.

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Deuter Brand

"Race Exp Air" Model.

 

I've ridden up to 3 hours on my back and I never know its there. Its 12 litre with a 3 litre expand section. reflective. fluro yellow rain cover. mesh back so it sits off your back.

 

One of the best bit of kit I have ever bought (from wiggle 2 years ago post hours of research on product and price). Size would be my only issue. Do you need to carry shoes and a jacket as well?

 

A good tip is to take what you will carry to a shop and check what size you need.

agreed

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Just got the deuter trans alp 25L for commuting. Will fit shirt pants shoes lunch towel no worries. Was worried it might be a bit big though u hardly notice it.

 

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/au/en/deuter-trans-alpine-25-backpack-2013/rp-prod88939

 

 

I've got that bag but I use it as a raceday bag (regret it slightly as I wish I'd bought the Ogio Endurance 9). It's a great bag but I can't imagine using it for commuting, aren't all the straps and buckles a bit 'busy'?

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Deuter Brand

"Race Exp Air" Model.

 

I've ridden up to 3 hours on my back and I never know its there. Its 12 litre with a 3 litre expand section. reflective. fluro yellow rain cover. mesh back so it sits off your back.

 

One of the best bit of kit I have ever bought (from wiggle 2 years ago post hours of research on product and price). Size would be my only issue. Do you need to carry shoes and a jacket as well?

 

A good tip is to take what you will carry to a shop and check what size you need.

 

+1 you'll forget you're wearing it.....which could be embarrassing.

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On 07/08/2013 at 8:16 AM, PaperMan said:

I use an Ortlieb Waterproof backpack. I got it after rain soaked through cloth backpacks and stained a couple of shirts.

https://www.gearhunder.com/backpack-with-charger/

I've got the big one, so can easily carry work clothes and lunch plus running gear and a towel etc for a swim, when needed. But they have smaller ones. Very visible too - big and red (they come in yellow too) with reflectors on the side.

Vaude's belt and back net keep me from sweating when I commute, there are thousands of pockets for various things, and it also has a zipper extension function, so I can put it more in the bag . But in the end, because the shoulder strap was not very comfortable, I sent the bag back and upgraded to Osprey Stratus, which met all my expectations and requirements for the large day bag.

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On 07/08/2013 at 8:16 AM, PaperMan said:

I use an Ortlieb Waterproof backpack. I got it after rain soaked through cloth backpacks and stained a couple of shirts.

https://www.gearhunder.com/backpack-with-charger/

I've got the big one, so can easily carry work clothes and lunch plus running gear and a towel etc for a swim, when needed. But they have smaller ones. Very visible too - big and red (they come in yellow too) with reflectors on the side.

Vaude's belt and back net keep me from sweating when I commute, there are thousands of pockets for various things, and it also has a zipper extension function, so I can put it more in the bag . But in the end, because the shoulder strap was not very comfortable, I sent the bag back and upgraded to Osprey Stratus, which met all my expectations and requirements for the large day bag.

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On 07/08/2013 at 8:16 AM, PaperMan said:

I use an Ortlieb Waterproof backpack. I got it after rain soaked through cloth backpacks and stained a couple of shirts.

https://www.gearhunder.com/backpack-with-charger/

I've got the big one, so can easily carry work clothes and lunch plus running gear and a towel etc for a swim, when needed. But they have smaller ones. Very visible too - big and red (they come in yellow too) with reflectors on the side.

Vaude's belt and back net keep me from sweating when I commute, there are thousands of pockets for various things, and it also has a zipper extension function, so I can put it more in the bag . But in the end, because the shoulder strap was not very comfortable, I sent the bag back and upgraded to Osprey Stratus, which met all my expectations and requirements for the large day bag.

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I run one of those Reflect360 backpack on the commute. Bigger then what you need, i think 30 ltr, but it has the required straps and compartment for carrying gear. You can't miss it when light hits it. 

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