Held Moto-Flash rucksack, £69.99
Time tested: 2000 miles/two months
What’s good? There’s loads of space – 30-40 litres – and the roll top means I’m not as limited as I would be with a zip closure. The padded back of the bag means it always feels comfortable on my back and nothing digs in while the straps have plenty of adjustment with belts across the waist and chest for more comfort and better weight distribution. I rode 170 miles with a weekend’s worth of clothes and a steam cleaner in there and I was free from backache at the end of the trip. The seams are welded together to make the bag waterproof and it’s not let in a drop yet.
What’s not? It’s not the trendiest-looking bag and the hi-vis portion gets mucky incredibly quickly. I’d like a couple of side pockets so I could store things like spare glasses and ear plugs a little easier. It has a smaller pocket on the front but even this is quite big and small items get lost in there. The shoulder straps and waist belt offer plenty of adjustability, but nowhere to click the excess strap afterwards, leaving lots of strap to flap about in the wind.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5