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Backpacks for Girls

tetmtetm Posts: 564
edited December 2013 in Commuting chat
Question to the ladies, and those who can answer for their fairer halves, which is the best girl friendly backpack?

There may be absolutely no difference whatsoever, but I just wanted to find out. Being the chivalrous chap that I am, I offered to carry a young lady's backpack home for her (which is my knackered old Jansport from the mid 90s) and discovered that it had absolutely no structure or security when on the bike and gave me back ache in the 10 miles I used it and certainly explains why her back hurts from commuting with it daily for the last couple of years.

My rucksack has a strap across the chest, at about heart rate monitor level, which I find great for preventing too much side to side motion when riding, though I don't use the hip strap too much as it interferes with my gut.

Do such straps work with girls or are they an uncomfortable addtion when used with the female chest appendages? Chaps with moobs may be able to butt in here too.

I'm after recommendations for about the 15 litre range, with some structure (be it rigid foam or otherwise) to hold it flat on the back - Deuter Race Air style venting also an option, but does it really work?

Meant to be a Christmas surprise so the old try-before-you-buy adage doesn't necessarily apply.

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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    Probably not much help but my wife bought a female specific rucksack and quickly abandoned it for panniers. She found it as uncomfortable as the "unisex" ones. Then again she is rather petite (short and slim) so a taller person may have more milage.
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • msmancuniamsmancunia Posts: 1,457
    I just use a Northface one with pretty wide straps and a backpack cover as I can keep a lot of stuff at work.

    Don't tend to use the strap across the chest as it's not particularly heavy. I've got a front like an ironing board anyway, and a bum that practically balances the rucksack on :cry:

    And no, I don't have any pics ......
    Commute: Chadderton - Sportcity
  • I don't think anyone makes backpacks specifically for transporting girls. Maybe a gap in the serial-killer market.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    I don't think anyone makes backpacks specifically for transporting girls. Maybe a gap in the serial-killer market.

    Panniers and a battery operated saw; better weight distribution and you don't get a sweaty back.
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    msmancunia wrote:
    I've got a front like an ironing board anyway, and a bum that practically balances the rucksack on :cry:

    :shock:

    As for recommendations how about the Deuter Superbike 14 EXP SL - Women Specific Backpack?

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deuter-ladies-superbike-14-exp-sl-14-litre-rucksack/

    I've used some of their non-female specific backpacks before and rate them.
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    I don't think anyone makes backpacks specifically for transporting girls. Maybe a gap in the serial-killer market.

    Length of axminster and the cab of a truck usually suffices, no?
    RIP commute...
    Sometimes seen bimbling around on a purple Fratello Disc or black and red Aprire Vincenza.
  • I use a Camelbak, but I initially bought that for running long distance so it's quite small. The one I have is not the best as it rides up and knocks my head, but that's just on my roadbike. But there are loads more choices out there... have a look here http://totalwomenscycling.com/bikes-gea ... king-1123/
    Why? Because I'm guaranteed a seat all the way in.

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  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 1,002
    Mrs Mpatts has a female specific pack. The chest strap goes under baps.
    Insert bike here:
  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    A messenger bag with a 3rd leg / stabiliser strap.

    Way comfier than a rucksack.
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  • menthel wrote:
    I don't think anyone makes backpacks specifically for transporting girls. Maybe a gap in the serial-killer market.

    Length of axminster and the cab of a truck usually suffices, no?

    Not very environmentally friendly. :roll:
  • tetmtetm Posts: 564
    t4tomo wrote:
    A messenger bag with a 3rd leg / stabiliser strap.

    Way comfier than a rucksack.

    I've never seen anyone riding with a messenger bag not adjusting it every 20 seconds though.
  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    tetm wrote:
    I've never seen anyone riding with a messenger bag not adjusting it every 20 seconds though.
    +1. Other than wanting to look like you work for DHL, I've never understood the point of commuting with a bag that's specifically designed to allow for regular removal/insertion of packages at reception desks and loading bays. Most commuters I know load their bag at the start of their journey before putting it on, and then unload it at the other end after taking it off...
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • Without trying to sound like I'm after intimate details I would have thought it depends on how well endowed she is in the chest area. Ladies with a British Standard Handfull or more might struggle with a chest strap but those builkt for speed rather than comfort would probably be alright with a standard unisex bag.
  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Keith1983 wrote:
    Without trying to sound like I'm after intimate details I would have thought it depends on how well endowed she is in the chest area.

    Surely we need pics then before we jump to any rash conclusions :wink:
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

    seanoconn
  • arran77 wrote:
    Keith1983 wrote:
    Without trying to sound like I'm after intimate details I would have thought it depends on how well endowed she is in the chest area.

    Surely we need pics then before we jump to any rash conclusions :wink:


    Well if she's got a rash that's a differnet matter entirely!
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 23,397 Lives Here
    msmancunia wrote:
    I've got a front like an ironing board anyway, and a bum that practically balances the rucksack on :cry:

    And no, I don't have any pics ......
    What sort of men do you take us for?
    Oh, hang on...
  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,980
    msmancunia wrote:
    I've got a front like an ironing board anyway, and a bum that practically balances the rucksack on :cry:

    And no, I don't have any pics ......

    Google does, though:
    [img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M8dCbY2Sf1o/TgEobjjy0vI/AAAAAAAAAOE/LcnvmjRHf6o/s1600/2+big+fat+censored +mom.jpg[/img]
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    Fat bottomed girls you make the rock in' world go round........
    mpatts wrote:
    Mrs Mpatts has a female specific pack. The chest strap goes under baps.
    I trust that means below, as surgery sounds a drastic way of getting them to fit.......
  • PBoPBo Posts: 2,493
    sir mixalot springs to mind = baby got back
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    barbie-backpack.jpg

    This is clearly meant as a Joke and there is no offence intended
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

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  • tetmtetm Posts: 564
    She's got this.

    If she doesn't like it, then I've got a smart new commuting rucksack.
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