Last year you reviewed the Maxpedition Gearslinger Malaga. You seemed pretty pleased with it. How well do you think it would carry on a motorcycle? I need something to carry stuff to work - lunch, phone, iPod, a couple file folders, and maybe a laptop sometimes.
I had to take the bags off of my Triumph (that's the last time I put nylon on a bike) and I like the simpler look now.I responded that while I really liked the Gearslinger for walking around the NRA Convention or humping around the range at Media Day, I really had no idea how it would hold up to 70+ MPH speeds off the back of a motorcycle. Personally, I prefer a traditional backpack on the bike, ideally something with both chest and waist buckles just for extra piece of mind (if for no other reason than you know the bag is still there).
The 5.11 RUSH72 pack I reviewed last year would be great for a long haul (especially if the bike has a backrest, because a full RUSH72 will become your own backrest as a solo rider), but it's perhaps a bit too large for a daily commuter. 5.11 offers a RUSH12 backpack that might be a better fit for a daily commute; if it wears as well as the RUSH72 it should work just fine.
Since the Harley has two cavernous hard saddlebags, I haven't had to worry about small item storage for 10 years now. Before that, I had leather bags on my Honda; going back to my very first motorcycle - a Yamaha XS850 Midnight Special - I was a struggling graduate student and simply threw my school bag over my shoulder for the bike commute in.
Anyone who commutes via motorcycle have any other gear recommendations for Dave?
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