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Old 01-03-2012, 09:07 PM   #21
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I'm all about a backpack from Walmart
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:32 PM   #22
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Fancy aintcha'?!?

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:38 PM   #23
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Burton snowboarding pack. Has a nice laptop sleeve, hydration pack sleeve, and fits my spare face shield pretty nicely along with a pair of shoes. (sucks walking around in riding boots)
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:01 PM   #24
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I've got a fox backpack, it went for right around $100. The selling point for me was a built in helmet strap.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:29 PM   #25
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The SwissGear ScanSmart Laptop Backpack from SAM"S Club has decent quality, have mine for about 5 years and even keep my stuff dry in a heavy rain.
aprox. $40.00


http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/pr...976&navAction=
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:27 AM   #26
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I have the Icon squat 2, too. I liked it at first but...

It's over enginered, heavy, hot and falling apart.

I really hate the way it connects at your chest.

unless you need a backpack that carries a laptop (up to 14 or 15 inches) and is high viz I wouldn't buy it again.

Urban-cammo-high reflectiv material is stupid. The thing could be way more reflective if they made all that area 100% reflective.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:47 AM   #27
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I have a basic BiLT one I picked up on sale. I got it if I ever needed a backpack with a helmet compartment. Pretty flat, no-nonsense. For the light duty I give it (and double-digit speeds) it has been fine.
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Targus laptop backpack from Best Buy.

About $30,
It's got about 5k miles, and no signs of wear.
water resistant,
draw-string pocket on the outside for a water bottle (nice to have one handy asap when you get off the bike, and doesn't sweat all over the stuff inside the bag)
Lightly padded
Fairly narrow, so it doesn't catch a ton of wind.
I have a small netbook... so no complaints on pocket size.


Same bag, but mine is black/gray with neon piping.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Targus+-...5932&st=targus laptop backpack&cp=1&lp=5
Model: TSB194US| SKU: 9945932

If you've got a BBY employee friend, the discount is pretty heavy
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:35 AM   #29
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I have a Large Adidas backpack for $25 at Academy.
I have the same one..I think. If yours has a padded pocket for a laptop in the rear bag, then that's it. It's an awesome backpack, very versatile. I've had water bottles in the side pockets at all speeds and they never fall. It's a good bag.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:07 PM   #30
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Anyone ride with a moto-specific backpack? Just want to lug around my laptop and maybe a couple of files. Alpinestars has a nice one, but it's a bit spendy.

Other suggestions? Or is the A* stuff worth it (as it usually is)?
Here's something I've done when I ride my bike to work; I carry my laptop in a Samsonite bag and I have a 3' velcro strap, here's what I have done on the busa: I open the trunk (release back seat), I lay the strap across, lock the seat back in, set my bag down with the handles to either side, I run the strap through the handles, I tighten up on it and it doesnt go anywhere. I do that to keep from switching all of my stuff over to the backpack. Here's a couple of links for a view of the bag and strap.

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http://www.slashgear.com/samsonite-c...asier-2617435/

Velcro strap
http://www.lowes.com/pd_40898-388-90...rap&facetInfo=

I couldn't find a pic of my strap but this will give you a good idea.

I also take a wreck into consideration; I prefer my computer to hang on for the ride on the bike cause I will definitely crush it.

That's just my $0.02
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:21 PM   #31
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My North Face daypack is about 20 years old and starting to fall apart, cloth is worn thin. Stitching and zippers are still good. This was a school pack, commute pack, camping pack, road trip pack. It has been used almost daily it's entire life. Can't beat that kind of quality.

I have been looking around lately but not found the right pack yet. I like the reflective Icon but spending $150 for something I can't put my hands on just ain't right.

I like compression straps, especially on the bottom. Without those a pack tends to go teardrop and the load/weight distribution is wrong.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #32
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which one are you looking at??? and yes they are worth it
I'm on the fence between the Tech Aero and the Commuter. They talk about the Tech Aero as a potential tank bag, but I'm not interested in that. I have a cheap Targus pack, I'm looking for something nicer that might a) hold my helmet and b) be slimmer. I'm not looking to carry much. 15-16" laptop and a few folders of files.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #33
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i have had no problems with any of my gear. ive got the timax jacket, timax orig. gloves, subhuman helmet, squad 2 pack (first one i had lasted 4 years with heavy abuse) and field armor boots. never had a problem with any off them. but then again its icon top of the line gear too.
I have the original timax gloves and the stitching came apart on one of the fingers without much use.

As for backpacks, I have an Oakley backpack that I use most of the time because it's room (will hold a helmet). But my favorite is my Knox backpack. Came with a removable laptop case, holds a hydro bladder, wait and chest straps, holds a helmet, and water resistant. Oh, also has a sleeve in it for a spare helmet shield.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #34
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I don't like wearing backpacks when riding...
When I have to, I have samsonite pack I bought more then 5 years ago and it still works fine - paid quite a bit for it (well over $100). Had the Swiss army one later and be not too bad, the buid quality is substantially inferior comparing to samsonite. So yep, you will get what you pay for in most cases.
I would seriously consider good tank bag though...
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