Biker Backpacks - Gear - MC Garage

By Angie Loy

Cortech Backpack
Make the trek to the USGP a breeze with the unimaginatively named Cortech Backpack. Constructed from 1680 denier ballistic nylon, this durable pack features a padded helmet carrier for paddock strolls, an interior pocket for a Camelbak hydration system or iPod/MP3 player along with mesh side pockets and plenty of inner storage. The front compartment is big enough for your weekend duds, and the ergonomic shoulder and waist straps and ventilated back padding will keep you comfortable for the duration. The rubberized handle makes it easy to tote off the bike. It comes in black only for $79.99.www.helmethouse.com

Vanson Star
Be the coolest cat at the dirt-track races with Vanson's Star backpack. Made from quality competition-weight cowhide with a cordura inner lining, the vintage-style backpack is styled to resemble the company's classic Star jacket, complete with sponsor patches. The 11 x 9.5 x 4.5-inch pack features two zippered pockets on the inside, two license/credit card holders, a leather strap handle and adjustable shoulder straps with distinguished brass buckles. Made to order (which takes a minimum of one month), the Star retails for $229. www.vansonleathers.com

Troy Lee Ignition
Virgos of the world unite! If it's time to organize your life, start with Troy Lee's new Ignition backpack. It's equipped with a cell phone pocket, a built-in laptop holder, a special pen pocket, large mail pocket and key-ring holder, all protected by the heavy-duty nylon, double-stitched exterior. And, to keep the various pockets organized, the contrasting colors of the nylon zippers make choosing the right compartment a breeze. Available in black or olive, it retails for $85. www.troyleedesigns.com

Shift Departure
A suitable name for Shift's new backpack, the Departure combines versatility with function wrapped in a stylish 19 x 12 x 8.5-inch polyester package. It's the perfect pack for students thanks to its internal neoprene laptop pocket, mesh side pockets and several more internal and external pockets, along with foam padding in the shoulder straps and back area for carrying those heavy books. Rock out on the way to class with a rubber audio cord exit. It comes in gray/black for $79.95. www.shiftracing.com

BMW Function
Truly the traveling man's backpack, BMW's Function does exactly what its name implies. With features such as a nylon exterior, 100 percent waterproof, nylon-lined main compartment, padded laptop compartment, two additional pockets on the sides and one on top, this pack boasts 23 liters of storage capacity, which can be increased by folding down the helmet compartment. Forget about backaches, the Function is equipped with adjustable shoulder straps, chest and waist belts and an ergonomically padded back section for comfort. It's offered in anthracite/gray for $119.99.www.bmwmotorrad-usa.com

Alpinestars Vader
Star Wars geeks unite! Alpinestars' new Vader backpack is for you. The high payload capacity yet sleek, low-profile look of the 20 x 13 x 6-inch pack will allow you to sneak onto the Death Star with plenty of supplies. Included is an electronics compartment designed for an iPod or MP3 player with an earphone cable port, a specially sized inner sleeve for a MacBook Pro or other laptop and side pockets for your light saber. Retailing for $60, the Vader is available in silver or quintessential Sith black.www.alpinestars.com

Aerostich Kriega R25
From the minds that gave us the ultimate one-piece riding suit comes an equally innovative moto-pack. The Kriega R25 features 25 liters' capacity with a zippered internal pocket for swag along with four external straps that cinch or expand the pack and keep the load tidy for better balance. A secure fit and comfort are achieved with four adjustable attachment straps and Toughtek grip fabric, all padded with breathable mesh. It's available in black only for $137.www.aerostich.com

Joe Rocket Space Pack
Freak out in a moonage daydream with Joe Rocket's versatile new Space Pack. Adjust the shoulder straps for easy wear to the big show or pull out the removable bungee cords, fasten the pack to your ride and blast off. The spacious pack's 23 x 9 x 7-inch storage compartment packs a nice load and the helmet holder folds away when not in use. The outer shell is made from rugged Rock Tex 600 with a reflective stripe to improve nighttime conspicuity. The black/white/red Space Pack retails for $89.99.www.joerocket.com

By Angie Loy
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