The low-profile, 1,700-cubic-inch Comet has all the features a commuter needs to get from home to the office to the trail and back: tons of pockets for gear and file storage, padded sleeves for a laptop, tablet and MP3 player, and adjustable, removable straps for a tailored fit. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this versatile pack. It’s loaded with other add-ons like a loop for a blinky light, a wire port for ear buds, convenient carry handles on the front and top, and reflective striping down the back for increased visibility. Some packs in this category are bulky, due to a long list of features, but the Comet’s collapsible main compartment, made from a combination of rugged nylon and pack cloth, cinches down in a second and sits close on your shoulders and hips. Whether you’re rolling by foot or by bike, for business or pleasure, the Comet is a perfect do-it-all companion.
Well-known backpack maker Osprey has made a big splash in hydration systems with its expansive Raptor line. The Raptor 10 is the second smallest among the four Raptor packs. At 610 cubic inches, it straddles the line between short-haul racer and long-distance packer. The pack benefits from Osprey’s load-lightening suspension system and comfortable back panel. It also has a reinforced reservoir: The rigid design keeps the pack from rolling on your back and makes it easy to slip it inside the bladder sleeve.
Need to compartmentalize your life? The lightweight Flap Jill Courier has enough pockets for all your random loot, reading material, and a change for the gym, plus a separate, padded laptop sleeve to keep your hardware separate from your software. The shoulder strap sits snuggly across your front and a very smart waist strap gives you the option to really lock it in place for longer rides or walks. Three different strap colors come standard to change up this bag’s look and style depending on mood, season, or outfit.
After the successful introduction of its trail-oriented Raptor hydration packs, Osprey developed the larger Zealot for all-mountain rippers and freeriders. The pack comes in either 10-liter or 16-liter sizes, in two torso lengths. The Zealot has space for a full-face helmet and sleeves for armor. A clamshell design allows access to the large main pocket, but the pack’s trickest feature may be the roll-up tool pouch that zips into an easily accessible pocket under the pack.