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Today I bought a new commuting backpack - the Eddie Bauer bacon (mmmmm bacon)

Bacon Pack | First Ascent


The pack is light, but the material seems so thin, as do the straps and whatnot.......a search of the web suggests the material is rip resistant, but I was unable to find the thoughts of long term users.....it would be nice if the pack had a few more pockets.


Anyone got any commuting pack suggestions (I am not putting panniers on my bike).


This pack looked like it might fit my needs....

Oakley Snowmad 30 Backpack | Official Oakley Store | Canada
 

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Neither of those links work. My take on backpacks: they often cause large blind spots when looking over a shoulder to check traffic, etc. The packs from Osprey are fairly low profile, but still have issues when fully loaded.

Depending on your bike, a front rack may suit your needs. Have you looked into porteur racks and bags? Carrying a load on the front of a bike is more stable and causes less damage to the frame than rear panniers.
 

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Sorry, I set the thread up using my ipad - i apparently need to hone my skills with respect to copying links.....
 

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last night I loaded up the Bacon with the stuff I'd typically be carrying on my way home and if I packed somewhat carefully, I'd have enough room for my lunch.

Pack was much lighter than my old one. I guess what is not sitting well with me is the seemingly flimsy fabric and thin straps. I'd sure like to get a first hand look at that Oakley pack.
 
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