US WE SCRAM­BLER 16

£ 109.99

Urban Cyclist - - On Test - Www.madi­son.co.uk

This 16-litre ca­pac­ity from Swedish out­fit USWE looks the part, its retro aes­thetic and khaki fin­ish a vis­ual treat. It’s hy­dra­tion com­pat­i­ble, though no blad­der’s in­cluded. That fuelling ca­pa­bil­ity hints at its pop­u­lar­ity amongst moun­tain-bik­ers, though the Scram­bler’s aimed at an ur­ban mar­ket, which leaves us a touch dis­ap­pointed. Firstly, its vol­ume’s suf­fi­cient only for a tablet rather than a lap­top. Yes, pack­ing in smaller daily es­sen­tials is easy, es­pe­cially as it fea­tures an ex­tra pocket up­front, but of­fice work­ers need some­thing more vo­lu­mi­nous. We’re also not huge fans of USWE’s patented No Danc­ing Mon­key tec­nol­ogy, a four-sus­pen­sion har­ness that re­sem­bles a para­chute, though feels a touch mil­i­taris­tic and just flops when car­ried over one shoul­der.

Smart-look­ing ruck­sack but lacks the ca­pac­ity for many ur­ban rid­ers

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