Howies are outdoor specialists, making kit for people engaging in a range of activities, but their Little Haven backpack (£39) has been created with cyclists at front of mind.
With around 10 litres worth of carrying capacity, it has a removable road sign rain cover packed into a zipped compartment at the bottom of the pack, and an assortment of separate compartments so you can keep gear within easy reach. There are elasticated water bottle holders, plus plenty of features to aid ventilation. There’s even loops to hang your helmet on between rides.
Initially, I was a little concerned that the backpack wasn’t going to meet my capacity needs. However, looks can be deceiving. Despite appearing pint sized, I was able to easily slide in my fairly brick-like laptop, charger, journo-sized-camera (meaning big enough to take ok pics, nothing like a pro photographer beast), dictophone, notebook, phone, book etc. All of that fitted in the primary compartment, with the laptop at the back and held away from my body by the handy padded back stands which both provide support and aid ventilation.