It really only takes a moment of searching online for a reflective rucksack to immediately realise there is not a lot on offer for cyclists. I mean, there’s plenty available to buy, but are there any that scream out on the page? No, not until I found this little gem of a backpack anyway.
The Proviz Reflect360 range has been a pretty exciting release in my books. It really has been developed with the city commuter in mind and is a very practical and affordable solution to staying safer on the bike.
First things first, the Reflect360 fulfilled its main duties as a commuter rucksack, by having more than enough space for all my belongings and feeling very secure and comfortable on my back. The padded fabric on the shoulders didn’t dig into my arms at all (even on the heavier backpack days) and the two front straps on the waist and chest ensured that it stayed in the right position throughout my journey.
The soft material with mesh lining on the back is really nice against your back, however it did make me a lot sweatier than normal. There are enough pockets on the outside, with two on each side that are large enough for an umbrella and a large water bottle. There’s another nice zipped pocket on the front of the bag but no zipped pockets in the inside- something I personally like a lot in a rucksack as it makes it so much easier to know where anything is in your bag!
To my surprise, the Reflect360 fits a lot inside- seriously, I’m talking Mary Poppins style. However I always feel the problem with this means that I overpack, because if there’s space, I always end up filling it with pointless things. The bag's soft material also lets you cram more in than you should be able to, so I often get the feeling that I look like I have a large turtle’s shell on my back, because it literally will form the shape of whatever you have inside of it.
I honestly did not believe how bright a material could be. Reflective wise, the bag excels itself. It’s so bright, that I have often freaked myself out, as when any type of light hits it, it lights up immediately like a light in my room! Wearing this backpack honestly gives you such an added relief on the bike, as you know that you’re doing everything you in your power, to stay visible. I also really like the futuristic sparkly look about the bag, it’s very up my street.
I do feel like the material of the bag is quite weak and not durable enough for a commuter rucksack. I’m quite scared that if anything heavier goes inside (and with my obsession with over packing) it will start to break. However with a reasonable price tag, the Proviz Reflect360 rucksack is a great purchase, just as long as it lasts!
- Very effective reflective qualities
- Large amount of space inside
- An attractive style
- Material on the back makes me too hot
- Doesn’t feel durable enough for a commuter rucksack that is going to last long
Price: £69.99, available from Proviz.
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