The Osprey Transporter Roll Pack is new to the Transporter series and a new addition to their urban range of packs. Made for commuting and travelling around a city. This Osprey pack brings the rugged durability from the transporter series that is made for the busy city life. I have been using this pack for a month now going to and from work and the climbing gym. This is the pack that I have been waiting for, ticking all the boxes I want from a day-to-day work bag.
Size and capacity
The 25L capacity I originally thought was going to be a tight squeeze, on days when I need to bring my climbing equipment. However, the roll top closure gives you much more space to get in a few litres of space without making the pack unbalanced or have things digging into your back when walking or on a bike.
I have been using this bag when cycling to work and going around town, treating it as my normal day-to-day bag and the carrying comfort is superb. When cycling it would stay close to my back, bending with me when in a dropped cycling position and thanks to hip belt and chest strap I get no movement when cycling for fantastic comfort. The spacer mesh back panel works far better than I expected having cycled in 22C weather, there was minimal moisture build up and it dried off quickly, ready for the next ride. When walking I have had it packed full and it's still comfortably weighted evenly across my back.
The Transporter Roll has features made suit the day-to-day commuter. A laptop and tablet fit perfectly and again I couldn’t feel it pressed up against my back. The small mesh pockets have been great for storing my small essentials like a wallet. Whilst the two side pockets which are big enough to hold a water bottle, meaning I could easily get to my phone, water and keys without having to take the pack off. I especially love the roll top closure not only is it simple and stylish it's one of the best ways to keep the rain off. Limiting the areas of stitching that the rain could creep into, which normally happens with zipped bags. For cycling, the handy LED attachment point has worked great for me when riding home in the dark.
My favourite part of the whole pack is the material. Made with 400D Nylon the same material they use for there transporter duffel bags, making them super hardwearing and will stand up to whatever you put it through. The metal claps used to strap down the pack appears durable and won't come undone easily. Having walked and cycled in the torrential rain. I confidently say this pack is waterproof when it counts, the contents of my bag stayed dry every time. The bag can't be called waterproof because the seams aren’t taped. However, as you notice there aren’t many areas of stitching making it incredibly hard for water to creep in.
I have found my new day-to-day bag. Being able to fit everything I need for a busy weekday and is comfortable to carry, this is exactly what I need from a commuting bag. With the 400 denier material, this bag is going to last for a long time and in my experience being practically waterproof, I have no more worries with having wet work clothes. Finally, the roll top closure must be my favourite way to open and close a pack. The bucket style loading makes packing the bag easy, you can close it even when overloaded. The style also gives you that old school cool look.
Looking to upgrade? Take a look at the transporter range of daysacks coming AW19, including the roll top we also have the flap and zipped opening.