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Osprey Momentum 26-Litre Commuter Pack (Carbide, Small/Medium)

4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Built in snug fitting visibilty raincover
  • Separate padded laptop and file sleeve, large cell phone and key pocket on shoulder strap
  • Internal organizer for pump, tubes and tools
  • Volume: 1440ci/24L
  • Weight: 2lbs 7oz/1.10k

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The Momentum 26 pack has been designed with the daily bike commuter in mind featuring built in snug fitteing high visibility raincover, lidlock, separate, padded laptop sleeve, and file sleeve, large cell phone pocket and key pocket on shoulder strap, u-lock slot, 2x side compression straps, padded top and side grab handle, tuck away shoulder straps, rflective print to front panel, blinker light attachment, front slash pocket with organizer, internal organiser for pump, tubes and tools, zippered side pockets.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 18 x 11.5 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0042DVIAW
  • Item model number: 537026-572-Small/Medium
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,526 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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By Matthew Carter on May 18, 2011
Size: Medium/LargeColor: Carbide Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Osprey packs, but this isn't one of their best designs. The pack has a ton of bike specific features, which is nice, but Osprey lost sight of the big picture. A commuter pack needs to get you to work, without making your back sweat through your clothes. Osprey makes packs that are designed to keep your back from getting sweaty, but this isn't one of them. The pack has a huge contact surface with your back, and makes your back sweat like crazy.

Also know that these are very large packs in comparison to models from other manufacturers of similar capacity. Osprey put a ton of cushion in these packs, to protect the laptop and other items. To achieve the proper capacity size, they had to greatly increase the physical size.

But the commuter specific features are well done, and the shoulder straps are very comfortable. Awesome guarantee as well.
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Now this is one well-thought-out design. The 26L model has an abundance of useable space without feeling like too much...I can't imagine why anyone would need a 34L model. But anyway, I use this pack every day to haul a full business-casual outfit to/from work, plus a bag lunch, the occasional file folder, iPad and/or laptop (15"), and all my sundries. There is still room for more if you need it, but if you don't this pack holds whatever you throw at it without slop or shifting around on your back. I love all the details...zip-up pack expander, the retractable key-chain holder inside the right shoulder strap, the cell-phone holder on the left (which fits a large-screen smartphone), the small mesh opening at the bottom in case of a spill or unanticipated rain shower, a bomb-proof built-in rain-fly which keeps everything perfectly dry (including riveted drain opening at the bottom in case water should find its way in...which mine hasn't despite several hard rains), dog whistle designed into the sternum strap...and on and on. The straps are comfortable but the slight bulk of the strap-pockets takes some getting used to. It feels a little like wearing a life preserver. This pack lays flat on your back, and will pick up sweat. You will not arrive at your destination with a sweat-free back, so just be aware. The color is a bright but not garish mustard-yellow with reflective accents front & rear, including the rain-fly. Internal pockets store everything, including an integrated U-lock sleeve. The outermost compartment is soft-lined for scratch-susceptible items. Mesh pockets on the side lay flat, but can easily hold a water bottle each if needed. One small beef: the cinch straps at the bottom (which overlay the mesh side pockets) flap freely in the breeze.Read more ›
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About me: I've been a regular business and vacation traveler for several decades and over that time I've used an absurd number of briefcases, messenger bags, and backpacks. The pursuit of the perfect bag had become almost an obsession. I finally decided to cut to the chase and attack this like a research project - identifying exactly what features I wanted, then surveying all available options. After an exhaustive web search of literally hundreds of bags and packs, and trying out many in person (I probably abused REI's and Amazon's return policies a little), I can confidently declare that I have found the best bag on the market (for me).

I'm coming at this from a "fast-packing" perspective - I want something that is just big enough for the essentials, and not any bigger or heavier. I don't carry a lot of extraneous stuff and the stuff I do bring is usually the smallest I can find - small laptop, iPad mini, short cords, tiny toothpaste tubes, etc. So I want a full-featured pack that is on the small side. I also want a pack for work travel that I can easily repurpose as a daypack for sightseeing or day-hiking if I have downtime on the road (so it should be rugged, have a waist strap, hold a lot of water, etc).

The Osprey Momentum 26 pack is exactly what I've been looking for.

First the basics - the backpack follows the usual formula of:
- Full-length, shallow, pocket for the laptop with smaller sleeve inside for iPad
- Large, deeper interior pocket for most of the rest of your stuff, with some interior pockets to secure smaller items
- A few smaller pockets on the outside for quick access to phone, camera, etc
- Pockets along the outside for bottles

Things that make this pack superior to the rest:
- Build quality.
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I commute daily to work, which involves a short ride to my train station. Prior to this pack I was using really fat Swiss Army backpack which was ok, but had no place to attach my helmet so it was just swinging on the side, hitting people in the crowd :) Another issue was that padded netted back of that backpack ruined many of my shirts (by rubbing against fabric). That was primary reason I decided to look for new backpack and I narrowed my choices to Osprey Momentum 26.
Two main criteria I had were:
1. Non Netted back (it's really hard to find one without netting)
2. Some kind of helmet carrying system
Osprey had both, and also has lots of pockets which I love to carry various gadgets, headphones, pens, etc. Plus an amazing lifetime warranty! And a rain cover! You can attach your bike blinker light to the bag too, which is awesome! Makes you much more visible on the road.
I was able to fit my 15" MacBook Pro in the main compartment, but it made room in the next pocket a little too tight for my iPad...
It looks great! I chose "Carbide" which actually looks not as black as in the picture, it's actually dark grey. Very slim and comfortable to wear. Stiff backing doesn't bother me, my back doesn't sweat because I don't ride too far (about 3 miles each way).
Of course there are some down sides to this bag, thus the 4 stars.
Biggest negative for me is helmet mount. It works great, and holds helmet secure but it prevents you from accessing two zipped pockets :( I found it to be extremely annoying, when I need to get my headphones or train ticket. If they made it just a little lower it would be perfect. But if you attach your helmet by lowest of it's holes, you might get one of the pockets somewhat accessible.
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