Hey guys, I’m pretty awake on a Saturday night and thought I’d take the advice of JaseyJase and write a review for this bag.
BO Gear classifies this as a “medium” sized backpack but I have found it really spacious. Before getting this bag I was using a Crumpler “Fux Deluxe”, which is one of the bigger shoulder bags in their range. First things first, having a backpack instead of a shoulder bag is amazing for both comfort and overall posture. I found that sometimes you would struggle to find a good position for the Crumpler with whatever was in your bag poking you in the back. Not only does the Toad sit really well, it also has an inbuilt layer of padding which is one of those little things that makes all the difference.
In terms of space, I use it for my commute for work which is 2 pairs of shoes, pants, two t’s, a jumper and lunch items. The main advantage this bag has is that the lid is huge and can go over pretty much anything you put in there and still contact the velcro on the outside. BO Gear have made the bag with huge velcro strips and clips that have no worries reaching whatever you throw at them. The bag itself doesn’t expand too much but this is made up for by the height you have to play with.
I have been able to squeeze a slab of Carlton into it (in the box) and a slab of Chang’s (just the bottles) on separate occasions.
Because I pre-ordered my bag I got the extra hip-belt thrown in, which I would highly reccomend because that shit is super comfy.
This bag also holds up really well in the wet, if you have been in Melbourne for the last 4 months you will know what I’m talking about. Not only does it dry pretty quick but cleans real easy as well.
Have been riding wit this bag almost everyday since they were released in April and there is no signs for concern at all.
The only problems I have are as follows,
When carrying anything cylindrical (ie. posters in tubes) you have to rest them on top of the bag itself and fasten them down just with the lid and straps, it works out fine if you can keep it tight but if you only have one or two things in there, there wont be enough to force the bag to tighten, therefore you can get some spillage.
The only other thing I can think of is the slight blind spots you will get looking back over your shoulder when you fill the bag up. This can be fixed by adjusting the height that the bag sits on your back but can still be a bit of a problem if it gets pretty full.
I’m no courier but I do find that I seem to carry a lot on most of my commutes, I would highly recommend this for a person who wants space, and will use it. When the bag is empty it doesn’t tighten very well around your waist and you will find that it slips a bit.
Anyways that’s enough of that, I give it 4.5 spokes out of 5.
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Special mention to the guys at BO Gear, they are awesome to deal with and helped me pick out exactly what I wanted, quick and easy purchasing to be had!
Chuck in any questions if I have left stuff out.