For convenience both on bike and off, nothing beats a backpack. The problem with conventional backpacks like your 15-year-old Jansport is that they don’t offer enough protection from the elements and have the extra features motorcyclists want. The Firstgear Torrent 20L is a economical and practical backpack for a biker who needs a waterproof pack with decent storage space and some comfort features.
Why We Like It: At this price point, the Firstgear is a relative bargain for the features it offers. Although the strapping mechanics are relatively conventional, the sternum strap, ergo straps and channeled air mesh back pads should make it a good alternative to more expensive options.
Less Expensive Competitor: If you aren’t too keen on carrying loads on your shoulders and would rather strap it to your tail, Firstgear also offers a Torrent 25-liter duffel bag with the appropriate D-rings and handles to attach it.
You Should Also Check Out: The Kriega R30 is four times the price of the Torrent, but is top to bottom, a fantastic pack. At $240 it’s not feasible for everyone, but if you can scrounge up the dough, it’s worth a look.