If you’ve got $75 burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re tired of wearing “regular” backpacks to cart your laptop around while you’re riding, it’s hard not to look at this affordable backpack from Viking Bags and not feel tempted. After all, the spec sheet showcases all the right stuff: a lightweight bag (just 4lbs) that is also weather-resistant and has plenty of storage (488 cubic inches).
Not bad, right?
Given that I did not yet have a dedicated riding bag, and that I was one of the poor sods slugging it out with a generic “non-motorcycle” backpack, I decided to say “yes” when Viking Bags reached out asking if we’d review one of their units.
And here it is. After a few rides with it, including a spirited ride through a light drizzle, I have formed an opinion I can stand behind.
|Mounting Hardware:||Not Included|
|Dimensions:||20″ x 5″ x 11.5″|
|Storage Capacity:||488 Cubic Inches|
|Lid Opening:||12″ x 9″|
Note: at the bottom of the bag, tucked behind a zipper (on the rear side that sits against your back) is a compartment that, when opened, reveals a helmet holder that connects with the bag. I felt other videos do a better job showcasing this compared to my review, so I’ve included a vid in the review that shows how this works.
Am I the Only One That’s Worn This Thing?
One of the first things I do, after I have spent some time assessing a product, is to have a look at what other reviewers have noted. Let’s be real: it can be hard to notice everything and I sometimes find features or speaking-points from other reviews that I overlooked myself.
A Google search for reviews on this bag turns up practically bupkiss. Almost entirely nothing. All I found were a few “reviews” …read more