A shining example Solar-powered backpack tested
KTM X-COUNTRY BACKPACK £169.20
Tester Adam Child Time tested 5 months/ 1500miles
What’s good? Putting a solar panel on a backpack is a stroke of genius; whoever came up with that idea at KTM deserves a giant gold star. On the top of the backpack there is a small fourwatt solar panel, which is one of the world’s most powerful panels with an efficiency rate of 22.4%. Once the panel is in sunlight, the energy is stored in a 5000mah battery, which then charges anything with a USB socket – such as a phone or GPS
As I’m riding, I’m re-charging my mobile – all for free! It’s brilliant for camping – leave the backpack in daylight and it will re-charge my ipad. It doesn’t have to be the middle of summer either, I managed to re-charge my phone while riding on a cold but sunny winter’s morning.
The actual backpack is sturdy, has a neat separate soft pocket for a laptop or ipad and the main compartment is just large enough to take a full-size helmet.
There are several smaller compartments too, which makes it easy to quickly grab smaller items. The outer net is also useful. What’s bad? £169 for a backpack is a huge amount of money. It is comparable to backpacks from Kriega, but a quality rucksack from Dainese or Alpinestars would be around £100 and an Oxford backpack even less. The net on the back is useful but not very secure, and the strap across the chest isn’t very comfortable compared to some others.
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Solar panel is already charging stuff up