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Space ex­plo­ration

Like the Brooks pack, Rapha’s Small Travel Back­pack has a 15-litre ca­pac­ity. It of­fers one zipped main com­part­ment and a gen­er­ous front pocket. The main sec­tion is well-con­sid­ered with a padded sleeve big enough for a 13in lap­top, a mesh sleeve for items such as shoes, the main com­part­ment, and an­other zipped pocket which you can use to keep smaller items away from, say, damp gym kit. The outer pocket will take your phone, a wal­let, and has a small zipped com­part­ment for keys and a sleeve for your pass­port. There’s also a small ‘se­cret’ zipped pocket on the side.

Straps for cash

There are no chest or waist straps on the Rapha pack, and be­fore use this was a worry as we thought the bag might not be se­cure enough. On the road though we had no is­sues ei­ther when the bag was commute-full – you can eas­ily fit a change of clothes, your lunch and a lap­top in – or when trav­el­ling light. A sim­ple pull on the ny­lon straps helped the bag snug tight and elas­tic re­ten­tion bands meant there was no an­noy­ing ex­tra strap flap­ping around as we rode. The bag sits rel­a­tively high on your back, but the foam padded rear has chan­nels to aid cool­ing.

Bags of po­ten­tial

The Rapha’s un­der­stated grey fab­ric is wa­ter­proof and there’s a stow­able pink wa­ter­proof cover. That grey fab­ric is not just smart to look at – it’s re­flec­tive (like ProViz’s cheaper Reflect360 bag). The main bag and straps catch car head­lights re­ally well, mak­ing this a great choice for the im­age­con­scious com­muter.

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