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Old 06-15-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hi Viz backpack options/discussion

I'm looking for a Hi Viz backpack

I have found these options

a cycling one made by Osprey (I have other Osprey stuff and am quite happy):

http://www.backcountry.com/osprey-pa...:referralID=NA

I also found this (available form the land down under)

http://www.summitgear.com.au/shop/in...products_id=57

and this $20 special that is sure to come apart and dump my junk all over the freeway

http://www.redflarekits.com/M306

and last, the purpose built Icon (notice no reflective anything)

http://www.throttleworx.com/Icon_Squ...U3517-0195.htm

So, the Icon or the Osprey or a better suggestion?

Comments welcome.

I also found backpack covers for 20 or $30 but I'd just lose that or it would come off I think as it's only made for cyclist
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I like the 20 dollar one. If you crash, pretty sure you wont care about your junk anyways. Also you can afford 4 more of them and still beat the other ones.
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and last, the purpose built Icon (notice no reflective anything)

http://www.throttleworx.com/Icon_Squ...U3517-0195.htm
the icon squad 2 DOES have a lot of reflective material. the pic on that link just doesnt show it well. check out the video here:
http://rideicon.com/product_details....=3435&id=11992

or do some google video searches.

i work at a parts counter in VA beach, 75% of our clientele are in the navy. the squad 2 backpack and the milspec vest were both made to meet military safety standards, the biggest of which is being reflective.

so if its reflectiveness you want, dont count the icon out.
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I didn't check all the links, but I'll throw in my .02 anyway; I bought a backpack from Academy for like $25. It's mesh - def loss on sturdy, but wind goes right through it and I can't hardly tell I've got it on, plus I can carry it in places and not have to worry about accusations of stealing things.

Good deal is it's bright flourescent orange. Adding some reflective tape shouldn't be a problem. G'luck.
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I have a MotoCentric bp I got from Motorcycle-Superstore...it's a pretty good backpack. I wear it almost every day because I commute and use it to get lunch, deal with paperwork, if I have something I can't fold up and put in my pocket, it's good to have. It has a waist and sternum strap, so it stays secure. Also the helmet hood works well. Wind doesn't catch it because it's pretty shallow. No moto bp is going to be really spacious, but, it gets the job done for me. It's not super reflective, but it does have reflective piping, and I ride home from work 5 nights a week in the dark...anything helps!

It has 4.9/5 with 24 reviews and it's currently on sale!

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the icon squad 2 DOES have a lot of reflective material. the pic on that link just doesnt show it well. check out the video here:
http://rideicon.com/product_details....=3435&id=11992

or do some google video searches.

i work at a parts counter in VA beach, 75% of our clientele are in the navy. the squad 2 backpack and the milspec vest were both made to meet military safety standards, the biggest of which is being reflective.

so if its reflectiveness you want, dont count the icon out.
oh, sweet, thanks

and it looks like I can take the arms off too

I hink I have found a winner
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well, the Ican Squad II arrived yesterday. My first impressions are very poisitive. Overall, construction appears good, and it is functional. Just what I wanted.

The arm things seem cumbersome, I may remove them. Also, my 17inch laptop won't fit in the pocket..but other things will

I did not get the cheap option because last cheap one I had I tore it just putting it on...
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