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dhb Luggit Lugger 40L Rucksack £35

Tested by Matt Swaine, tester for The Bike List

How I lug kit into work on my daily commute is dictated by the bike I'm riding. My tourer comes with carrier rack and panniers are my first choice to prevent arriving at the office with a sweat-soaked back. But if I'm using a road bike, then I need to opt for a rucksack to haul a small mountain of paperwork to and from the office.

This 40L pack has a massive capacity and according to Wiggle is the perfect size for airline carry-on luggage. Despite being an offering from from the online bike retailer there's not much here that makes it cycling specific, but it's a surprisingly functional bag for a daily office commute.

There are seven compartments, the largest of which can easily swallow spare clothes, files, sandwich box, lunchtime running kit and waterproofs just in case the unthinkable happens and you have to ride home in the rain. A narrower compartment nearer the back panel has some padding and is ideal for a 17 inch laptop, while other smaller pockets will easily take repair kit, bike lights, lock and work extras.

Even fully loaded this is a surprisingly comfortable pack, thanks in part to the chunky high-density foam straps and the fairly low carrying position. Hurtling down the hill into work each morning I like the fact that the pack doesn't restrict my view when I check over my shoulder before pulling out past another long queue of slow moving traffic. I use a few walking backpacks quite often and I often find they make a quick check over my shoulder quite difficult and they can sit quite high and can knock against a bike helmet.

There's a splash of reflective detailing on the back of the pack to help you light up on dark nights, but other than that there's little to suggest this has been designed with the cyclist in mind. I personally prefer a more waterproof pack that makes sure that even if I turn up in the office utterly rain-soaked, the work I've been carrying is still bone dry. I certainly wouldn't consider using this if I was heading out on a mountain bike, a long day ride or even a bit of light cycle touring.

Even Wiggle note that this bag "may not be suitable for use on the bike due to the size of the product".

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Verdict A really good office pack for an office commute and ideal for anyone who wants carry on luggage for regular plane travel.

dhb says:

40L weekend travel rucksack, within airline carry-on requirements. Perfect for travel, when you want to carry maximum gear and don't mind lugging it around on your back.

The Lugger is the beast within the dhb rucksack range. The shape is designed for maximum volume within airline carry-on luggage restrictions (56 x 35 x 25cm). A dedicated laptop compartment, closest to the body is large enough to carry a 17" machine, with space for extra files or magazines. 2 side exterior pockets provide a good home for annoying cables.

The main compartment is cavernous with internal organization panel to help keep smaller items from getting lost. There is a top gadget pocket with fleece lining for items you wish to keep safe and accessible when required.

A heavy load is spread across the dual high-density foam harness to give even load distribution on your shoulders. The shape of the harness is cut to follow the contours of the chest. Mesh channel back panel will help to keep you cool.

The durable web grab loop at the top of the pack makes handling your gear when not on your shoulders super easy.

All round attention to detail in construction and durable material choice make this pack a very sturdy travel companion.

Please note that this product may not be suitable for use on the bike due to the size of the product.

Top Features of the dhb Luggit Lugger 40L Rucksack

  • 40L capacity
  • 3 main compartments
  • Fleece lined gadget pocket
  • Internal organization
  • YKK zippers
  • Dual web compression straps
  • Reflective detailing
  • 600D + Nylon Ripstop fabric