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    Need backpack recommendations.

    Hey guys, I currently have a raptor 14 but I'm finding it top small for my current commuting needs. I have a hardtail 29er and trail on the way to and from work. It will be approx 7-15 trips depending on mood and weather. I would say it's 75% singletrack. I am looking for a bag that can carry a change of clothes as well as a Tupperware or 2 with my lunch and then also my shoes which are kind of on the large side. I also want a rain fly to keep.my belongings dry. My bike can hold 2 bottles so I can sacrifice the bladder and just reserve my osprey for big trips. I was thinknking Def something over 20L capacity.

    What kind of packs are you guys running?

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    Can you leave the shoes at work? That would be ideal really freeing up some valuable space.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    I keep going bigger. My current pack is Deuter Trans Alpine 30. Very comfy & well made, rain fly, separate bottom compartment (I use it for tools, but it would fit shoes I think), nice phone pocket, key snap, cinch straps for when your load is smaller, etc. http://www.deuter.com/US/us/bike/tra...5217-blue.html

    My Last one was n Osprey Manta 26, also great, but significantly smaller, and overstuffing eventually broke a zipper.

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    Thanks. I've read a ton about the deuter transfer alpine. Just ordered!

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    I have a couple Dakine Mission backpacks.

    It has a nice pocket for my laptop, lots of pockets for other stuff I need underway, and a padded waiststrap to keep the weight off my shoulders. Perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Thanks. I've read a ton about the deuter transfer alpine. Just ordered!
    Great, hope you enjoy it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikoraa View Post
    Thanks. I've read a ton about the deuter transfer alpine. Just ordered!
    I've got one too. Great pack. Comfortable and can hold quite a bit of stuff.
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    If I go backpack, it is because I need to take a lot of stuff with me to work. Currently have one of these, and it is monstrous.

    Barrage Pro Backpack - A Bag Built for the City - 22”h x 15”w x 11”d | Chrome Industries

    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    ^ holy cow, that is a bag and a half. I cant imagine packing that much crap to and from work

    I have a 22l evoc bag that I really like.

    I leave multiple shoes at work, along with a belt, and my shave kit. I have a camping towel that packs up fairly compact, and I bring it home about every 4 days or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky Mtn View Post
    ^ holy cow, that is a bag and a half. I cant imagine packing that much crap to and from work

    I have a 22l evoc bag that I really like.

    I leave multiple shoes at work, along with a belt, and my shave kit. I have a camping towel that packs up fairly compact, and I bring it home about every 4 days or so.
    It hauls a lot of stuff, sometimes I need that much room, sometimes I don't. Strapped a set of wheels to it and rode down to the LBS to drop them off. Rode to the grocery store and got my groceries with it. It swallowed up a box of sandwiches when I was doing bike delivery for Jimmy John's. Fit my dog and his bed in it when I took him to the LBS for the day with me. Totally overkill for a daily commute but there are days when you need to take more than usual, and this bag works.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Osprey option

    I'm about to start into a 36mi rt, so I'll need clothes, towel, food, laptop. I was dialing in on the Osprey Radial 34, but realized that a lot of reviewers kept making comparisons to the Momentum 34, which is discontinued. I went on ebay and found one, lightly used, in yellow, which works well for visibility among cars. The back doesn't look like it ventilates really well, but the pack's size and layout seem great otherwise. I'll post my findings to this thread.

    In the end, I backed out on the Radial because users complained that the back mesh only worked well if you were upright. I tend to lie down on aero bars when I commute. Escapist 32 is another similar option, but people kept mentioning the Momentum...so.

    I wish the Deuter site did a better job of identifying their cycling packs. If I'd seen the Trans Alp, I would have been very tempted.
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    For a long time I used the backpack Deuter Giga. The capacity is 31 liters and it's divided between four compartments of different sizes and has a pair of side pockets. Perhaps it's not as big as you need, but I had enough of such a capacity for things, a laptop, books (mostly technical and big, that used when I do my calculus homework and other works), food and various other things. I think Deuter can offer another big bagpacks for your needs.

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