Rapha Backpack review

Rapha is renowned for creating cycling apparel that looks good and has great functionality. We checked whether the Rapha Backpack ticked all the boxes when it comes to what you want from a commuter rucksack

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Rapha Backpack is a quality bag that works well on the bike and looks great in every day life.

Reasons to buy
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    High quality

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    Lots of pockets

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    Waterproof cover

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    Looks good on and off the bike

Reasons to avoid
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    Could have a greater capacity and thicker shoulder pads

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The Backpack epitomises everything we've come to expect from Rapha- aesthetically pleasing and astounding attention to detail, but with a fairly substantial price tag.

The Backpack's design, with its dark colours save for the single red stripe and reflective dimples,  is unquestionably very stylish. In addition to the pleasing aesthetics it has all the features you could want from a cycling specific rucksack and more!

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The Rapha Backpack has a zip away bright pink cover for when it starts to rain
(Image credit: chris catchpole)

It is made from water resistant material, has reflective pin dots (on the straps, sides and bottom of the bag), two main compartments, sections for a laptop and tablet, is expandable, has contoured padding and multiple zip pockets. If that wasn't enough there is a soft internal pocket for sunglasses, clips to stop the straps blowing in the wind and a loop for you to clip a rear light!

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Amongst the elaborate functions, importantly the core elements of the bag performed really well. It is durable, the zips are good quality and it’s pretty comfortable. Also, the water resistant material was fine in light drizzle and in the event of heavy rain you can rely on the invaluable zip away bright pink rain cover - which keeps the contents of your bag dry and should make you more visible.

The only criticism of the Rapha Backpack is that on the days that you need to carry more than usual you'd want a slightly bigger bag with thicker padding on the shoulders.

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