Pinkbike Product Picks
Osprey has a full lineup of bags that includes models for hiking, travel bags, and even child-specific offerings, but the Momentum 26 tested here has been designed with bike commuting in mind. The bag’s name refers to its 26 liters of storage capacity, although that figure increases to 31 liters when the zippered expansion panel is utilized, providing enough room for a change of clothes, your lunch, and whatever else you’d like to bring to work with you. A dedicated sleeve provides a protected place for a laptop, and a zippered pocket on the shoulder strap is ideal for a phone, camera, or wallet (although not large enough for all three at the same time, obviously), with the opposite strap being home to a key pocket that incorporates a clever retractable clip – no need to remove the bag to unlock the front door, and it also keeps you from dropping your keys. Your helmet can be clipped onto the bag via a plastic section that is attached to stretch cords, allowing you to slip it through one of the helmet’s vents and snug it down. The entire package becomes easy to deal with thanks to tuck-away shoulder straps that turn the Momentum 26 from a backpack into a handbag, complete with a side handle. Color options are bamboo (tested) and carbide.