Motion Labs Active Commute Backpack Review

Motion Labs Active Commute Backpack

What they say: Free yourself with the world’s first backpack to take all the weight off your shoulders.

What we say: Looking like something you’d see on Dragon’s Den, this looks to take the humble backpack to new heights. It does this through its unique attachment system that transfers all the weight of the pack away from your shoulders and onto your waist.

If you ride a fast bike with a low stem you may not get on with it, but if your bike has a more relaxed geometry you’ll probably love it as it works a treat when worn in a more upright position.

And by treat we mean you’ll barely even register that it’s there, such is the ingenuity of its design. The bag bit of it is no less impressive. Made from durable, waterproof nylon, it features three main compartments.

The first is padded and designed to stow a 15 in laptop as well as a tablet, pens, keys and your phone etc. The second is designed for your clothes and features a wide opening for ease of packing, as well as a stiff divider to help keep a folded work shirt wrinkle-free.

The third, meanwhile, is big enough to carry a pair of shoes in. Total capacity is 22 liters, with a wealth of other zipped pockets and mesh pouches for smaller items dotted around the pack’s exterior. There’s also a grab handle, reflective detailing and loops for lights. What’s more, Motionlabs is currently offering the pack with a free helmet bag attachment and carry straps.

Conclusion: Incredibly clever and capacious, this is to cycling packs what the Tardis is to intergalactic time travel.

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