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    Need a backpack

    Looking for recommendations for a backpack to wear on a 9 mile one way commute. I live in Arizona so breathability is a must. Also need to be able to pack lunch and clothes for work daily. Any recs would be helpful.

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    You will probably have better luck in the commuting forum, but I just picked this up today for carrying my lunch and clothes while commuting. It has mesh straps, and only weighs 10 oz: http://www.rei.com/product/778466

    Edit: Another cool feature I just found is that the orange buckle doubles as an extremely loud whistle, great for passing pedestrians or getting lost in the woods!
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    Get an Osprey with the airspeed back - mesh that lets air flow between the pack & your back. I have the Manta & love it, but there are some other models with that feature too. http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/Man...kingMultiSport

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    http://lightpack.blogspot.com

    Quote Originally Posted by jndlpr
    Looking for recommendations for a backpack to wear on a 9 mile one way commute. I live in Arizona so breathability is a must. Also need to be able to pack lunch and clothes for work daily. Any recs would be helpful.
    Check out Don's blog he's big into light bike packing and will be glad to give you his opinion.

    http://lightpack.blogspot.com

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    Wingnuts rule while other packs drool.

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    Howsabout this?

    I have been using an old Swiss Army surplus pack in the hot months for over 15 years. It is semi rigid and sits off your back thanks to a webbing strap at the bottom. Not perfect, but roomy, cheap, and sturdy.

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    Haven't tried a pack that didn't make my back sweat profusely. I'd recommend getting a rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    You will probably have better luck in the commuting forum, but I just picked this up today for carrying my lunch and clothes while commuting. It has mesh straps, and only weighs 10 oz: http://www.rei.com/product/778466

    Edit: Another cool feature I just found is that the orange buckle doubles as an extremely loud whistle, great for passing pedestrians or getting lost in the woods!
    Nice pick up, yo.

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    I used a backpack from staples for 3 years of commuting in phoenix(winter, summer, spring, whenever. Didn't have a car). No issues at all.

    If you wanna spend 100$ on some fancy bag go for it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Nice pick up, yo.
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    I take the bladder out of my camelback mule during the week and it is perfect for my short commute. Plenty of room for a jacket and food etc. It has air channels on the back to keep you from getting sweaty but mainly I like it because it is small.
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    The Talon 11 & 22 are pretty popular packs that offer some breathability. As mentioned above, any of the Airspeed equipped packs from Osprey would be good for back ventilation. +1 on the bladder-less Camelbak MULE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    You will probably have better luck in the commuting forum, but I just picked this up today for carrying my lunch and clothes while commuting. It has mesh straps, and only weighs 10 oz: http://www.rei.com/product/778466

    Edit: Another cool feature I just found is that the orange buckle doubles as an extremely loud whistle, great for passing pedestrians or getting lost in the woods!
    good lookin out Sizzler.....just picked one of these up

    +1 on the Osprey Manta if you've got the cash and need more storage space - comes with a 100 oz bladder so that offsets the cost a bit....awesome pack...

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    wingnut gear hyper 3?
    loving mine. more singletrack / hiking friendly than commuting, but i've used it for town runs, etc. (work from home...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by phsycle
    Haven't tried a pack that didn't make my back sweat profusely. I'd recommend getting a rack.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBizzie
    good lookin out Sizzler.....just picked one of these up
    Sweet! So far, I have been extremely happy with mine. It's unbelievably light!

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    I have two snide, unhelpful comments for you:

    1. is this a single-speed specific backpack you are looking for?
    2. wearing a backpack in hot weather is a pain. be sure to look for a pack that is very well ventilated or look into a handlebar bag, rear rack, panniers, etc.

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    I just picked up a Wingnut Hyper 2.5. I like it so far. I leave a pair of shoes at work and stuff this with pants, shirt, socks, lunch, bike tool, patches, and extra snacks in the wings. Room to spare most of the time. Extra room on the outside to put on a towel or bring home a new crankset like I did the other night. You can put a bladder in it or leave it out. Super lightweight, but very durable material. It rides low on the back and I really like the outer pockets since they are so easy to get to when riding.



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    And that whistle buckle, too.

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