Being a hill walker I have no shortage of rucksacks. But I was using a day to day rucksack for my daily cycle to work. It done the job but I didn’t really get on with it. I tried panniers, but I found them too fiddly for daily short trips. I gave up and continued using the rucksack I had been using before.
It wasn’t until I was the Edinburgh Bicycle Coop (EBC) last weekend when the Endura pack caught my eye. I checked it out, tried it on, hummed and hawed before putting it back up on the shelf and walked out. A quick search on the internet didn’t reveal many reviews but I notice that prices from different retailers matched EBC’s price of £56.99 (reduced from £59.99). So I ended up going back in and buying it.
The main body of the rucksack is large enough to hold my lunch, pair of jeans, top, boxers and socks. Plus other bits and pieces. A water bladder pouch is also provided. I won’t use it for this purpose but it is handy for stowing away my basic tools and spare inner tube. The rucksack lacks a Velcro strap for storing your pump in a vertical position though. I thought that might have been a nice addition.
The smaller compartment is quite deep and has 2 mesh pockets and 1 zip pocket. The 2 mesh pockets hold my Samsung S5 in 1 and my wallet in the other. The zip pocket has a velvet finish inside, so ideal for coins or other loose items. It also has a handy strap for attaching your keys to.
Sticking with storage, the pack also has two wand pockets for drinks containers and a hip pocket on each side. I like these for storing away snacks for ease of reach when on longer rides.
The last compartment is on the bottom of the rucksack and houses a useful rain-cover which is included in the price. I’ve yet to test this, but given how rainy it has been this summer, it shouldn’t be too long before I have to get it out. The rain-cover has a plastic window on it and it feels supple enough just now. But my concern is that in time this may become brittle and crack. This is only based on a similar experience I had from my Trek Mates storm shelter. So hopefully the window will stand up to being folded away for most of it’s life.
The pack also has a neat feature for carrying your helmet. There is 4 convenient straps on the front of the pack for securing your helmet when you’re not on the bike.
For comfort the rucksack is excellent. Initially when I first tried it on in the shop, the back of the rucksack was sitting against the back of my neck and it almost put me off, but once adjusted to suit your height etc it sits nice and taut without being restrictive. It doesn’t bounce about either when you go over bumps. The back of the pack is nicely padded for comfort and has their ‘Spinechiller’ venting system. I don’t notice much difference to be honest with the venting. The only true venting system I found to work was the Berghaus Freeflow venting. The shoulder straps also have padding and venting.
Finally, the last neat touch the rucksack has is a red flashing LED light. You gain access to the light through the rain-cover compartment. It’s a bit fiddly to get the battery out to remove the protective film. So battery changing should be fun.
Verdict: Worth a purchase. A good, all round, reliable pack. So if like me you need a good commuting pack, then I recommend this one. I would also be more than happy to use this on longer trips too thanks to the comfort. 4.5/5