Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/2)

Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.

Positive
21 days ago

Ortlieb Commuter-Daypack City

(1/1)

Despite their crude, industrial look, the TPU pads on the backside of the Commuter-Daypack Urban work surprisingly well to create air channels that help keep your back cool. That said, your back is still going to get somewhat warm if you’re wearing this bag on a hot day, but the TPU system works better than pretty much anything else I’ve tried in the commuter bag space. The pads are also really comfortable, especially when combined with the extra cushion from the laptop sleeve. I’ve never needed to give much thought to how or where items are packed inside the bag; it feels comfortable no matter what

Positive
21 days ago

Compartment

Ortlieb Commuter-Daypack City

(1/1)

They are positioned lower so when you are hunched over the handle bar the blinkers should be more visible than it was on the Velocity where the slots were located near the top of the bag. You could also attach your u-lock using these slots. Interior compartments of various sizes to store the essentials: flat tire kit; wallet; phone… Velocity lacked compartments -- it only had one small pouch inside. Commuter has a padded laptop compartment (do people still carry around laptops these days, though?), and a zipped, large pouch, inside which contain four more smaller pockets for your smart phone, keys, and what not

Positive
Hugh K.
6 years ago

Strap

Ortlieb Commuter-Daypack City

(1/2)

On the bike, the backpack stays in place even without using the chest and hip straps but we recommend using them when the ground gets rough. On the trail, however, it’s an entirely different story. When riding rough descents the thin hip and chest straps tend to cut into the skin and the removable straps tend to come loose — it’s worth keeping an eye on these if you don’t want to use them.

Positive
21 days ago