THE RIDE VERDICT
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