Most of you are familiar with our reviews of The Rudy Project Sunglass line. But our last shipment of review products included a surprise, well two really. One was a messenger, shoulder bag and the other was a backpack. I am reviewing the backpack here today.
OK what is the deal with a backpack, ow can it be different than any other back pack? You stuff stuff in it, slip your arms through and wear it right? Pretty basic stuff. So when I took the backpack out and did the initial look over, well, honestly I said, yeah OK... So What?
Then it came time to pack for the Braking the Cycle Ride. Four Days, Three Nights, riding. Bike gear, Street clothes, Personal Toiletry Kit, Shoes, Helmet, Pump, Water Bottles, and oh Yeah I also had to take my laptop, riding gear and camera to cover the event. This will be a test after all.
Well you see the accompanying picture right? This is three days worth of riding stuff, weather gear, bike junk, Street Clothes for four days, a jacket, well and the rest. When I first saw the flap on the back of the pack, I wondered what it was all about but then a sudden revelation yeilded, "Brain Bucket!" OK, Mesh Pouches perfect for Water bottles, webbing to stick stuff like the pump, well let is be said that it held it all (the shoes shoved in next to the brain bucket. Additionally It felt good on the shoulders, once you hefted the thing into place it sat easily on the shoulders and back so it is cut well and ergonomically designed. But beyond that it withstood the rigors of being tossed into the hold of the bus in its stride.
The next Challenge it would face would be interbike! Pretty much the same stuff, minus the pump since if their bikes flatted I figured it was their problem. The water bottles stayed home too since I figured correctly there would be bottles and hydration samples as swag. But pretty much the same other stuff went along and this time I had to toss the entire kit into the gaping maw of the baggage handling system at Mac Arthur and Las Vegas Airports. But heck the kit made it intact! Nothing broke off, nothing got lost, it all made it both ways.
Now this review is not yet actually finished as I have another acid test in mind. Shortly I will be undertaking a one way commute to and from (alternate days) Manhattan from Long Island. it will be a 30 mile or so daily event (weather permitting) and this time the Burley will be my luggage carrier on my back so stay tuned. But for now I give the Burley back pack a thumbs up for being a traveling companion!