Bike backpacks: 12 models tested (2021)
Winner of the BIKE BILD backpack test: Ortlieb Commuter Daypack High Visibility
The daypack shares the test win with Salzen. Both appeal to different target groups – Ortlieb the hardcore cyclists. Not only that the backpack will not capitulate to any downpour. It is also a bench in the dark because the entire surface is reflective. The main compartment offers a padded laptop compartment, another zippered compartment is accessible from the outside. Others have more compartments and storage space, but no comparable water protection and visibility. In the test, the Ortlieb Commuter Daypack High Visibility achieved the grade “very good” – with 31 out of 35 points.
Value for money winner Basil Soho Northern Lights
In addition to Vaude, Basil is entering a backpack that is equipped with a carrier mount. The hooks are hidden behind a zip pocket, but could do with a little more protection. The testers expressly praised the soft, padded shoulder straps. Less good: If water hits the zip seams of the main compartment at a 90-degree angle, it quickly becomes damp in the main compartment. The water-repellent laptop bag (up to 15 inches) can be removed. In the test, the Basil Soho Nordlicht achieved the grade “good” – with 25.5 out of 35 points.
This is how BIKE BILD tested it
In the waterproof test, the backpacks had to complete a 3 x 3 minute protocol. Under equipment we score the number of pockets, compartments, reflectors. Handling includes, among other things, how accessible pockets are. Under comfort we consider padding, shoulder straps, adjustability. In terms of weight, we put four stars in the range between 1100 and 1199 grams. Five editors discussed the design.
The test results at a glance
By the way: careful packing improves carrying comfort. Heavy items like laptops should be close to your back. Light objects such as a change of clothes belong in the bottom and small items in the top. The better the loads are distributed, the safer you can steer through curves. Clearly: Real everyday joy will only arise when the back and backpack really fit together.