Shimano Tokyo 23 Urban Daypack review

The Japanese component giant has done a nice job of creating a stylish backpack with an urban vibe that is full of surprises

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Shimano has got everything right with the Urban Daypack except speccing a waist strap, and it’s such a shame because it could have been a test winner otherwise. As it stands, it’s very expensive for what is designed to be a cycling-specific backpack but that lacks a crucial element.

Reasons to buy
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    Good looking

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    Made from tough materials

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    So many zipped compartments we've lost count

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Reasons to avoid
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    No waist strap

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The Shimano Tokyo 23 has a capacity of 23 litres inside its water-resistant ballistic nylon outer. With its roll top – which may have been inspired by Ortlieb – extended, you could pack in even more, and it boasts a choice of four closure loops for its top buckle to fasten into, depending on how extended the top is, compared to Ortlieb’s three.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.