Haul it all.
You're the type of commuter that's a biker and, our of necessity, a walker (maybe even a sprinter when that meeting is in five minutes). Panniers just don't do it for you, and you need a lot of space, but you want a backpack that's comfortable and can keep your stuff organized. Step in the Osprey Radial 34 Backpack. When you're commuting on your bike, the Airspeed backpanel and perforated EVA foam harness keeps your shoulders cool while you're pedaling with a loaded pack. The Lightwire framing system gives this pack some backbone for a more comfortable fit. If you're riding over road rubble, the removable nylon waist belt adjusts via the modified ErgoPull system to supplement pack stability.
A top-access, dual-zippered tech compartment stores your laptop and tablet in separate padded sleeves. The main compartment offers document sleeves for lab reports or EBIDTA spreadsheets as well as mesh organizers for your calculator, gum, erasers, and pencils. The LidLock helmet clip holds your helmet when you're not on the bike, and a discrete compartment holds your U-lock when you're in transit. Both the pack and the integrated rain cover have blinker light attachment tabs and a bit of reflective material. Regardless of the weather, clip on your favorite flashing light so motorists have a chance of seeing you.
- Biostretch harness, perforated EVA foam and space mesh
- Magnetic sternum strap
- Airspeed backpanel and Lightwire framing system
- Panel-access main compartment, document sleeves, mesh organization
- Top-zip access laptop and tablet compartment
- 420D dobby and 420HD nylon fabrics
- Rain cover included
Share your thoughts
Great bag overall but very big
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The bag is very high quality. It seems like it is better than my Osprey Escapist. It also vents well. However it is very large and I think too big for everyday commuting. As a result of the large size my back still had some sweat on it because it is fully covered. I am pretty big, 6'1'' 190lbs and pretty much every inch of my back is covered by the bag. Compared to an Osprey Escapist 30 this thing feels huge. The size down might be good for commuting. I think I am sending this one back and will try the size smaller.
I packed it full of shoes, a change of cloth, lunch, tube and pump and there was still a ton of room for more stuff.
Has anyone used this for mountain bike...
Has anyone used this for mountain bike (single/double track trails) commuting? If not, is there a bag on the market that's specifically made for MTB commuting?
I haven't personally used this, though I mountain bike a lot, and have with plenty of different backpacks. I'd say if this bag works for regular bike commuting (which it is designed for) I see no reason why it wouldn't work for mountain bike commuting as well.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Use this everyday for going to school. On bike or by driving there. I wish it had a external hydration option like on a lot of the newer packs, and it is missing straps to tighten the pack towards the top., usually isnt a problem but pack can get uneven and it makes me wish there was an extra set of straps