Altura Vortex Backpack

Altura Vortex Backpack

Altura Vortex Backpack

This backpack has a good capacity-to-weight ratio, holding 25 litres and weighing only 750g.

Its coated nylon fabric is seam welded, so it is waterproof in downpours – several of which I rode through this winter. It is comfortably padded and secure, having both hip and chest straps (the latter adjustable across and up and down). The external D-lock pocket is convenient, so long as you remember to hook up the lock to stop it leaping out. Inside, it’s minimalist: remove the internal laptop/tablet sleeve and you’re left with a deep sack with an external pocket for phones etc.

I liked the bag’s roll-top, but could have done with some way of reducing its volume when I wasn’t carrying much. Hi-viz straps and reflective details make it an obvious choice for commuting, and it’s big enough to carry some groceries on the way home too.

Cherry Allan

This was first published in the April / May 2015 edition of Cycling UK's Cycle magazine.

Pros

  • Light, capacious, waterproof
  • Handy D-lock pocket

 

Cons

  • External Velcro sticks to jumpers

 

Price

£89.99

Further information

www.zyro.co.uk

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