Swedish backpack manufacturer USWE has a new line of backpacks built for dual sport riding, aimed at superior stability when offroading.
According to its website, USWE designs “bounce-free action backpacks that provide the perfect fit for all.” Taking a spin through the company’s offerings, you can see gear for running, bicycling and motorcycling. The new CORE series is specifically designed for dual-sport riding, with an emphasis on offroad action.
USWE used its NDM (which apparently stands for No Dancing Monkey?) and Snug-Me technologies to build its new CORE packs. These straps are supposed to keep the pack snug against the rider’s back, no matter how bumpy the road gets. If you’ve ever tried riding offroad with a backpack that’s flopping everywhere, you’ll appreciate this design point.
The back panel is ventilated, to stop you from turning into a sweaty mess; that back panel is also adjustable for different-sized riders. The straps come with a built-in phone pocket that the rider can access without removing the pack. There’s also a set of webbing loops on the front of the straps to allow attachment of a two-way radio/SPOT device/LED light/etc. The waist belt also has storage that’s accessible from the front.
The CORE backpack series also comes with a tool case in the organizer compartment and padded google pocket on the bag’s top, attachment points for external armor and is hydration pack-compatible. A set of compression straps on the bags’ exterior allows them to be tightened down, for minimal flapping about in the breeze.
The 16-litre version of the bag is priced at $239 US; the 20-litre version is priced at $249 US. That’s a lot of money for a backpack, but moto backpacks tend to be expensive, and at least you’re buying something that’s designed for performance, not style. The bags come with a two-year warranty.