Alpinestars Roving Backpack, £74.99
Time tested: 2000 miles/four months
What’s good? It’s compact enough to cause no interference while riding, yet just about big enough for the essentials on the daily commute (a pair of shoes to wear in the office, lunch, a spare visor and a digital camera). It’s tough, has removable waist and shoulder straps for extra bracing and the back padding is comfortable, with a section to allow airflow to keep me cool. Because it’s small, there’s no temptation to carry frivolous clutter that adds needless weight.
What’s not? The shoulder restraining strap, which is useful for stopping windflow pulling the main carrying straps apart while riding, sits nearer my throat so the bag is better for smaller riders. The price is also high for a small rucksack.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5