Alpinestars Charger, £79.99
Time tested: Three months/800 miles
What’s good? I was after a smaller everyday bag to use most days, rather than carrying around a huge 35-litre roll bag when it wasn’t necessary, and the 20-litre Charger has filled that gap nicely. The main pocket can accommodate my gym kit and a small lunch box, just about, with the front pocket ideal for smaller items such as keys. There’s a padded section in the main pocket for a laptop, or electronic device, which works well but takes up a little extra room.
There’s padding on the rear of the bag and I’ve no complaints about the bag being uncomfortable, so it must be working. There are chest and waist straps for extra security and the height of the chest strap can be adjusted. There’s a rain cover stashed at the bottom of the bag, but it’s not let any water in without it.
What’s not? One of the compression straps broke where it was stitched to the bag while I was tightening it up, which is the only major downfall of this bag. It’s not the quality I’ve come to expect from a brand such as Alpinestars. One of the shoulder straps can be unclipped in the middle, where the padding meets the adjustable strap. This isn’t particularly bad but I have no idea why it’s there. £80 for a rucksack sounds rather expensive too, don’t you think?
Quality rating: 2/5
Value rating: 2/5