Osprey Radial II Cycling Backpack
About this deal
Comfortable and fully adjustable shoulder straps as well as sternum and waist straps for extra comfort
The Radial is made using a tough yet lightweight 210D nylon. This fabric weighs only a fraction of what traditional canvas bags used to, but offers similar abrasion resistance and durability. A durable water repellent coating adds further weather resistance. The large compartment of the Radial is larger than the Metron even when it’s not expanded, and when you open the expansion zipper, the size nearly doubles. If you’re a commuter, it can fit an entire week’s worth of t-shirts and pants, or you can fit a lot of groceries on your way home.Combined with the rigid frame sheet, it allows the Radial to stand upright, even when it’s empty. It’s one of those features that hide behind the scenes, but we’re oh-so-happy to have. We can pretty much set the Radial to one side without having to worry that it might tip over or that we have to lean it against a wall or table leg. Standing bags are underrated in our books. Osprey Radial | Soft white liner fabric prevents scratches on your favorite pair of sunglasses. An e-cargo bike, such as this RadWagon by Rad Power Bikes, might just be the ultimate in load-carrying bikes, but is possibly overkill if you just want to carry your laptop to work. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media The Radial is probably the most versatile bag... ever! It can be used for your daily commute, walking, biking, travelling, the list goes on. You can even extend it from 26 litres to 34 litres in the blink of an eye. It's got more features than you can count on both hands, making it a brilliant all-rounder for those who want one bag to do it all.
Lastly, the frame sheet is accessible through a zippered opening above the laptop sleeve, just in case it needs replacing. We think this is a nice bonus for those who like to tinker with their bags and who might want to do a bit of DIY-ing. For the most part, though, you probably won’t have to replace it anytime soon as ours has barely exhibited any permanent damage due to bending. Osprey Radial | The combo of a big false bottom and loop and hook tab keep your devices secure. My biggest question before I tried the Radial was whether the Airspeed feature would be so good that I’d be willing to ditch my pannier for commuting.
Materials & Aesthetic
Dirty bag: This is sort of standard fare for a bag that is going to be used to bring along extra clothes or shoes. It did the job. Note, if you wear boots and have big feet, you might struggle for room in this pouch. Other than that, not a lot to say. It is necessary, it serves its purpose, and it had no oddities to it. Is it the latest and greatest engineered fabric? No. But that’s the point, it doesn’t NEED to be that. It may sound cool, it may work great, but it isn’t necessary.