Backpack for Commuters, by Craft Cadence
by Madison Curzon
by Madison Curzon
Cycling to work is not my forte. I usually take the car but having recently converted my underused mountain bike to a hybrid and still neglected to get myself into gear (haha) I was given the chance to test Craft Cadences commuter backpack.
My first test-run was set to be a precarious one. I had meal prepped soup and wasn’t sure how well it would travel in a flimsy tub with a not-so-secure lid. But all was well. The bag, which looked pretty shallow on first glance, opened up top reveal a large flat bottom with enough room to chuck my entire backpack on top. Disaster averted. A cavernous 30 litre interior was room enough for everything.
The top of the backpack closed with a roll top, held into place with hook and loop fastenings which allow you to pack as much or little in the bag as you choose, without everything rolling about. Plenty of space for a change on clothes on them wet days and even a packed lunch! And trust me – you will get your sandwiches to work nice and dry in this bag. With flat, sealed seams and a tough tarpaulin-type fabric, it is sturdy and waterproof enough to survive an apocalyptic downpour. The roll top is then further secured with two side release buckles.
Onto the back the bag went and with the help of an adjustable chest strap and waist belt it was fixed into place. The comfortable shoulder straps easily curve around the bodies contours, making this bag suitable for men and women and have spaced cut-outs to help with fit and airflow. Additionally the backpanel is padded in zones with air channels to ensure comfort and stop you getting the dreaded sweaty back before your 9am meeting.
I hopped onto the bike and set off for work, slightly concerned that the big backpack was going to cause me problems with steadiness on tight corners. But I needn’t have worried. Despite the spacious size (comparable to a Tardis) and my limited stature, I felt safe for the whole journey. Commuting has many benefits, but the downsides can be impactive. One downside is often not being able to comfortably carry everything that you need; this backpack allows you to take everything,and it keeps things dry in all weathers too.
The backpack is available in bright yellow for added visibility (you would find it difficult to lose!) or a stylish black to keep you looking suave. The logo is printed in a subtle grey reflective print, which is complemented on the side panels with large reflective stripes to give you a hand with that side visibility. For a bit of added security, you can also attach a light to the front of the bag for those misty mornings and dark nights. You know the rules- be safe, be seen!
All in all, Crafter Cadences commuter backpack packs plenty of punch. At £79.99 it does sound pricey… but look at this as an investment. Durable yet stylish, it is likely to last for decades and keep heads turning for a lifetime.