A shin­ing ex­am­ple So­lar-pow­ered back­pack tested

KTM X-COUN­TRY BACK­PACK £169.20

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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.

Con­tact www.ktm.com Qual­ity Value

So­lar panel is al­ready charg­ing stuff up

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