I took my nice new Berghaus Flux daysack, £50, out for a little spin around Ashton Court’s mountain bike trails to see how it dealt with mud, sweat and falling into bushes a lot. Ouch.
Product Description: “Take to your daily commute and your everyday urban adventures in style and confidence with the Flux 20 Day Sack. Loaded with usable features to keep you comfortable, secure and equipped for the day ahead – such as our vented Flow back system, laptop sleeve and organiser pockets.”
Mountain biking: The Flux’s vented foam back panels make it a brilliant choice for mountain biking – they wicked away sweat and kept me reasonably cool all day. The day pack feels light and comfortable, moulds well to your back and stays put when flying over jumps, rattling round sharp corners, and, um, skidding into trees. Good job Flux. The pack is waterproof in light showers too, so your gear will be safe and happy inside. The only gripe I had is that the elastic water bottle holder isn’t adjustable, so your precious liquid refreshment is liable to get lost. Sad times.
City commute: Minimal and compact, the Flux is a bit of a looker, although I’d stay away from the blindingly white version – mud splatters will ensue and it’ll never look clean. If you cycle daily it’s a great choice – the adjustable chest strap and hip belt keep it snugly on your back as you nip in and out of traffic and the zip top opening makes it easy to stuff in your work clothes and hit the road. There are a gazillion little pockets, sleeves and clips inside for sorting out all your belongings, but if you’re planning on hauling your laptop around in it, check it’s small enough first – the Flux will only fit a dinky 15 inch computer.
Verdict: A sleek, versatile little day pack that’s tough enough for biking or climbing trips but looks good when you’re commuting in the city too. If you’re after something bigger for camping or overnight adventures, pick a a backpack from Berghaus’ rucksack range.