Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Yearly your devoted associates at TechCrunch spend a whole week taking a look at baggage. Why? As a result of baggage — usually ignored however stuffed with our necessary electronics — are the outward representations of our techie types, and we put far too little thought into the place we hold our most prized possessions.
The Osprey Momentum 32 impresses. I used it throughout a muddy week at Beaumont Scout Reservation and it carried out flawlessly as a rugged, bike-ready backpack. It stood tall within the depressing rain and unbearable warmth that engulfed northern Ohio in the course of the tenting journey. If it might stand up to these situations, it might stand up to an city commute.
For these following alongside, Bag Week 2018 ended per week in the past. That’s okay. Contemplate this as bonus content material. Earlier than publishing a evaluate on this bag, I wished to check it throughout a tenting journey, and final week’s journey supplied a fantastic testing floor for this bag.
Osprey markets the Momentum 32 as an on a regular basis pack with a tilt towards bicyclists. There’s a clip on the surface to carry a motorbike helmet and a big pocket on the backside to retailer bicycle sneakers — or simply one other pair of sneakers. The again panel options nice air flow and the shoulder straps have additional give to them because of built-in elastic bands.
It’s the ventilated again panel that makes the pack stand out to me. It’s ventilated to an excessive. Have a look at me. I’m in my mid-thirties and on a quest to go to all of Michigan’s craft breweries. I sweat and it was sizzling throughout my time with this bag. This bag went a great distance in serving to to maintain the sweat below management — way more so than another commuter bag I’ve used.
There was by no means a time after I was utilizing this bag that I felt like a sweaty dad, regardless that the temp reached into the 90s. I recognize that.
The interior storage is enough. There’s quantity of pockets for devices and paperwork. There’s even a big pocket on the backside to retailer a pair of sneakers and hold them separated from the remainder of the bag’s contents. As any good commuter bag, it has a key chain on a retractable twine so you will get entry to your keys with out detaching them from the bag.
The bag additionally has a rain cowl, which saved me in a number of shock rain showers. The rain cowl itself is nothing particular; quite a lot of baggage have related covers. This cowl is simply a part of a successful system used on this bag.
The Osprey Momentum is a incredible bag. It stands other than different baggage with excessive air flow on the again panel and options bike owner and commuters will recognize.