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Hard Shell Backpacks

Anyone here ever rocked a hard shell backpack? Was just wondering what you thought about them. Pros, Cons lets hear it.
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I almost bought an axio like this one, tons of space, weather proof and looks cool as hell. Then I read an article in either Bike or T.W.O. magazine about how hardpack backpacks and even soft packs filled with solid objects will seriously F you up in a crash. Talked about multiple incidences of people spines basically being wrapped around the backpack or snapped because of it.

I still take a backpack to work and class with clothes and books though. What can I say, I'm dumb.


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Anyone here ever rocked a hard shell backpack? Was just wondering what you thought about them. Pros, Cons lets hear it.
only seen em in movies (wont mention which ones ) n TV.
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I still take a backpack to work and class with clothes and books though. What can I say, I'm dumb.
I do too for class or anytyme I have stuff I got to have with me, ie laptop
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I do too for class or anytyme I have stuff I got to have with me, ie laptop
Ya you have to on a sportbike unless you want to get the magnetic tank bags I guess. My pack is a courier type thing, only one strap which strings arcross you. It starts to fly right above me when I crouch and increase the speed. Feels and probably looks pretty crazy.


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Ya you have to on a sportbike unless you want to get the magnetic tank bags I guess. My pack is a courier type thing, only one strap which strings arcross you. It starts to fly right above me when I crouch and increase the speed. Feels and probably looks pretty crazy.
I have a Starter backpack with a compartment for the lappy. I tired my reg laptop bag I got but didnt like it as it swifted side to side.
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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I ask because I am going to be getting an Acer 9810 and its very large and I noticed a lot of the hard shell backpacks are big enough for them. Plus I think they look pretty slick and once I get another bike I think it would look nice.
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I haven't used one or seen one around here for quite some time. I could imagine them screwing up your back in a crash though. Might want to keep that in mind when picking one out.

When I ride to work I take a kind of big backpack (it's really normal size but it feels big when it's flapping in the wind) because it fits my work shoes and clothes. Though, when I just go riding around I try to take my camelback which is pretty small and fits my wallet and a sweater in case it gets chilly (I wear a mesh jacket).
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I used the boblbee for a while. It was comfortable as hell even with alot of weight in it, you couldnt even tell there was alot of weight in it. They've got laptop compartments and everything. Kinda pricey but with the lumbar back support and all that, I would say it was money well spent if you plan on using it.

They even have "back protector" models that are tested by TUV Rheinland against toughest norms available for Back Protectors and passed

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I have two of their bags (older versions of the Classic). They last forever, are very convenient to use, and hold endless amounts of stuff.

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Ya you have to on a sportbike unless you want to get the magnetic tank bags I guess. My pack is a courier type thing, only one strap which strings arcross you. It starts to fly right above me when I crouch and increase the speed. Feels and probably looks pretty crazy.
I had that happen the other day when I passed somebody. I hit 85-90-ish and even without tucking, the bag was airborne.

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I almost bought an axio like this one, tons of space, weather proof and looks cool as hell. Then I read an article in either Bike or T.W.O. magazine about how hardpack backpacks and even soft packs filled with solid objects will seriously F you up in a crash. Talked about multiple incidences of people spines basically being wrapped around the backpack or snapped because of it.

I still take a backpack to work and class with clothes and books though. What can I say, I'm dumb.
Thanks mang! I just ordered one cuz I've been doing the same thing when I have stuff to haul. Been considering one of the hard shells... on it's way
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I've been also looking for a backpack, need it for my macbook and books for university.
I have found Ogio backpacks and the axio ones.
I really like the axio hardshell but they look kind of bulky and awkward to let stand on the ground.
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/...track-day-pack looks freaking nice!
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I've been also looking for a backpack, need it for my macbook and books for university.
I have found Ogio backpacks and the axio ones.
I really like the axio hardshell but they look kind of bulky and awkward to let stand on the ground.
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/...track-day-pack looks freaking nice!
I prefer the Timbuk2 messenger bags. The main reason being that you can get into them without taking them off.

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Tank bag! All the way. More comfort for you on the bike as well as you can rest your arms on it. And no worry of injury.

They even make tank covers that have clips for tank bags as a alternative to magnetic. Oh and I have put my laptop in my tank bag before on the rocket. It works fine and won't fly off over 100mph or while racing a buddy on the airport's clover leafs!




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I have been considering picking up the urban tank bag from Icon. I read some reviews on it from different sites and it had alot of positive feedback. Connects to the tank with magnets.
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Luggage locker makes tank bags that mount to your gas cap, and there are various ones. There is one for a laptop specifically, too. They have pictures on their website of the baseplate of their tank bags holding a cinderblock. I'd look into it www.luggagelocker.com
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Luggage locker makes tank bags that mount to your gas cap, and there are various ones. There is one for a laptop specifically, too. They have pictures on their website of the baseplate of their tank bags holding a cinderblock. I'd look into it www.luggagelocker.com
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Problem is the laptop I am getting is to big for a tank bag, plus I want something that I can carry around.
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