THE RIDE VER­DICT

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MOST OF THE bags here have some­thing to rec­om­mend them and the ma­jor­ity could serve per­fectly well for light com­mut­ing or the oc­ca­sional shop­ping trip. The best of them, though, are tough enough to take years of heavy use, adapt to carry any amount of gear com­fort­ably and are fault­lessly wa­ter­proof.

It’s six years since we last tested bik­ing back­packs, but sev­eral of the bags re­main un­changed. The top per­former then was the Kr­iega R30, pipped this time by the BMW Func­tion 4 ruck­sack (clearly an im­prove­ment on the Func­tion 3 we tested last time). Both are ex­cel­lent bags and wor­thy Rec­om­mended prod­ucts — but they’re both at the premium end of the mar­ket.

While we’d say the over­all stan­dard of ruck­sack is higher, es­pe­cially among bud­get and mid-priced bags, one bag does stand out as of­fer­ing a gen­uinely great bang for the buck: the Lomo 30L Dry­bag Dry­sack. It is every bit as good as it was six years ago and is still one of the least ex­pen­sive bags here — and is still a de­serv­ing Best Buy prod­uct.

STRAPS Load straps pull the bag in if it’s part-full but other straps can at­tach smaller items or turn a ruck­sack into a tail­pack HAN­DLES Car­ry­ing han­dles can be use­ful to move a ruck­sack around with­out put­ting on SEC­TIONS More than one sec­tion to a bag helps keep load items sep­a­rate. This one can take a crash hel­met CLO­SURE Two main meth­ods are roll­top or zip. Even wa­ter­proof zips ben­e­fit from a rain cover in bad weather POCK­ETS Ex­ter­nal pock­ets are use­ful but few are gen­uinely wa­ter­proof

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