65.8 F
San Francisco
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Osprey Momentum 30

I’m still slightly sad that I’m no longer rocking my Targus backpack. It’s too bad that it didn’t hold up as long as I wanted. I guess it did survive 6 years of service and in backpack years that’s a very long time. I struggled connecting with Oakley’s Kitchen Sink but I was able to use it for at least 4 years. The Kitchen Sink is a great bag for travelling because of the bottom compartment where I can throw in my dirty clothes or extra pair of shoes but it didn’t really work out for my daily commute.

I was thinking about switching to the smaller version of the Kitchen Sink called the Bathroom Sink but couldn’t justify the cost. The Kitchen Sink is a trooper and carries about 3 days of gear. Again, not good for a daily commute. I guess I won’t really go into a complete comparison but I just wanted to note that I switched to the Momentum 30 from the Kitchen Sink.

Sorry Kitchen Sink, I had to move on and I know you’ll find a good home. So more about the Momentum and why I chose it.

I poured through REI.com and looked through all the packs. My requirements were compartments, pockets, and a laptop sleeve. I guess I also wanted to stay around $100. I’m not a super camper, outdoors man, hiker, etc…so going with a name brand for hikers doesn’t really fit me. At the same time, I didn’t want to stick to the San Francisco stereotype of a Timbuk2 or Chrome Industries bag. I don’t believe those bags have the right ergonomic fit with the amount of gear I carry. I guess that was the other way I went backpack shopping: start with all the gear I carry.

On an average day, I carry:

  • 1-2 laptop
  • 2 headphones
  • 2 cell phones
  • 5 pens
  • IDs
  • Keys
  • Transit cards
  • Cash
  • Toothbrush, tooth paste, dental floss
  • Sunglasses

Really, I want the G1 from GoRuck.com with the lifetime guarantee. Hopefully one of these days I’ll get it. For now, I’m really enjoying the Osprey.

Update: The bay area recently had rain storms. Guess who broke out the rain cover for the Momentum 30?

 

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Edel Alonhttp://edelalon.com
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.

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