A commuter backpack has to be many things to different people; lugging clothes, a laptop, sandwiches and on one particularly uncomfortable journey, a circular saw! You never know what the poor blighters will be expected to deal with. We have the Osprey Momentum 26 Backpack to play with and will see how it copes, but I don’t think I’ll be taking that saw again!
The Osprey Momentum comes in two sizes; twenty-six and thirty-two litres. We’re looking at the twenty-six here. I know there will be times I’ll be cursing, trying to stuff more into the backpack, but that way it keeps the weight down and will make me think “do I really need all this stuff?”
The Momentum has three main compartments; one for a laptop, a main ‘cargo’ area and a front panel with various storage pockets to keep you bits safe. Another two small pockets are secreted about the bag, with one having a scratch free finish, designed to keep your sunnies safe, which is a nice touch. Two side mesh pockets are handy for stuffing extra bits in. There are compression straps on each side to help keep everything from rattling around.
An integral rain cover is hidden in the bottom of the pack to keep everything dry on a wet commute and includes reflective details to help with visibility on the evening commute. The AirScape™ back panel features foam ridges in an attempt to keep sweaty back to a minimum. The shoulder and waist straps use elastic shock cords to allow some movement and shock absorption; the shoulder straps can also be adjusted for a perfect fit.
The Momentum also uses Osprey’s Lidlock™ helmet attachment. This handy little feature is a plastic oval attached via a mini bungee cord onto the pack. Twisting the Lidlock™ through the gaps in your helmet, pulls it tight to the Momentum and holds it neatly in place, a nice little touch. There’s also a loop for attaching an LED, the more lights you can have while commuting the better!
I’ll be toting the Osprey Momentum 26 around about, subjecting it to the commute and as my race day bag as well. Once it’s had a good thrashing I’ll let you know how I got on.
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