When my friend Ondra called me and offered me a new product from Apidura to try, I was excited, but when he announced that it would be a backpack, my enthusiasm waned and I was very skeptical. I consider a back pack to be pure evil when bikepacking. A sweaty back...an abomination of glory. Still, I didn't give up and went to get a sample.
I’m sure you’ll want to know how the rain resistance is. I primarily carried, because of the cold, a vest under my jacket. Still, I didn’t give up and took a chance on one ride. I wrapped the iPad in a t-shirt and rolled it into the vest and put the vest on top of the jacket. It wasn’t a pronounced downpour that day, but it wasn’t too wet. And holy wonder, the iPad was completely dry and the other pockets withstood the rain. I’m not saying the vest is waterproof, but its waterproofness is perfectly adequate.
Oh, and one other thing changed for me. When I ride with the vest on, I find that I drink more. I guess it’s because the hose is always handy and using it doesn’t distract me from riding as much.
Please don’t take this article as a review, rather just as a kind of introduction and first impressions.