Commuting Accessories

Review: Osprey Momentum 22

The Osprey Momentum 22 is a well thought out back pack with more to offer than simply for commuting by bike.

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The first thing that you notice when handling the Osprey Momentum 22 is the quality build, constructed of a really tough fabric, robust enough to give structure without feeling overbuilt and heavy.

The pack is wide and flat to accommodate a 17” laptop, and remains a very stable bag even with a fair bit of weight in it. The pack is well padded which prevents any discomfort from bulky items within the bag. The shoulder straps are exceptionally well-padded which helps offset those heavy laptops. The pack itself is surprisingly light for such a robust construction

Whilst using the Osprey Momentum 22 I found it easy to pack, with one big compartment for spare clothes, a laptop sleeve, a small front pocket for phone, money pens and other treasures. Additional internal mesh pockets keep other small items nice and safe. Secure external compression straps take up any slack keeping your load stable. There are also external stuff pockets for snacks or a water bottle, all deep, elasticated and relatively secure.

The external features do not end there, as there is a useful easy access key holder on shoulder strap on an extendable lead. This is such a great idea, that I now wonder why more packs don’t have this feature & would love one on the other strap too now for my work pass. There is a good solid loop for clipping a rear light to, so no drooping!

There’s also a really substantial grab handle on top of the Osprey Momentum 22. The big zip pulls and quality zips making getting in and out easy especially with numb hands and big gloves. It is worth noting that the laptop sleeve zip is also a waterproof zip providing even more confidence that your precious hardwear will arrive safe and secure. Adding to the weatherproofing, there is a raincover and stowage pocket which is great to keep the pack protected, clean and dry.

I’ve had no need yet to use the whistle on the chest strap buckle in anger but it’s pretty loud should you ever need it! The pack is smart enough to use on non-biking days and doesn’t look like a laptop bag (big bonus). The orange version I have is bright enough to be visible but not too bright to scream ‘cycling bag’ on non-biking days. It does feel quite large when initially carrying the backpack, but as it is designed around a 17” laptop getting a smaller ‘backprint’ will be a challenge. This may be a challenge for smaller riders. It is something I have got used to, having commuted with laptops for a number of years now.


The Osprey Momentum 22 pack is an excellent well designed quality pack for all your daily commuting needs either on the bike, train, run or car.


– Really well thought out technical features to suit almost any commuter

– Looks great on and off the bike


– The backpack would benefit from more reflective strips on the rear. Two patches on the straps are not enough for a pack designed for commuting

– The size may feel large for smaller backed riders

– There’s no space for a water reservoir

Price: £80, available from Osprey.


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