A few months back I was on the hunt for a daypack ideal for bouncing around town or hitting the grocery store. Given the chance to test the recently updated Ruck Sack from Velo City I had to jump. A large backpack based on the timeless rucksack it features modern improvements to battle the day to day abuse of the city. After many trips and even more miles I couldn’t be more impressed with this “little” guy and here’s why…
When picking out just about anything bike related first impressions are almost always about appearance. The Ruck Sack had me at hello with it’s clean lines and minimal outer aesthetic. Sometimes less is more and although it stays true to the classic style of a rucksack, a slightly more modern shape makes it ideal for carrying by bike. Cap it off with eleven fabric colors and you have endless options to make the Ruck Sack your own.
When it comes to hauling the Ruck Sack packs quite the punch. Standard issue side pockets make for ample water (beer!) storage on the go. Two pockets stitch up the front with waterproof coverage for a cell and other small accessories. I found these perfect for packing the usual suspects of the day saving the inside for whatever may be on hand. A velcro pocket on the interior is perfect for a Macbook still leaving plenty of room for your camera gear or a few days of grub. Both shoulder straps accept attachments for keeping what you need at your fingertips.
What sets one bag apart from the rest is it’s survival. City streets and long days on the bike can take a toll on a backpack especially if you’re frequently unpacking and repacking. After countless days at work and plenty of nights out shooting the Ruck Sack has stayed true. The waterproof lining is free of cracks and there’s not a broken strap or buckle in sight. Aside from a few stains it is safe to say this one has handled itself well with a few fully packed tumbles to the asphalt.
For a daily pack-it-all the large Ruck Sack fits the bill. Plenty of pockets to keep your goods sorted and enough room for the nights adenveture’s or a couple days skipping town. Starting at just $200 you can rest assured this will one will be around for a while!