Like most people in the world, I have a mother who worries about me. Hence the arrival of this bag once she heard I was riding to work in London every day. Bless her.
Anyway, I was initially quite pleased with the bag. It's certainly very visible and gave me much greater peace of mind on the road in the evenings than the black rucksack I'd been using previously.
I work in an office, so need to carry a change of clothes and shoes with me whenever I commute. This means I always have a fair amount of gear on my back, especially on days when I am doing something else like playing squash or football.
This bag isn't quite big enough for that. I found myself having to choose lighter, smaller clothes on certain days, or cycle in my squash shoes. Even then, the bag started to come apart internally within the first week. The lining came away from the elasticated strap on the (only) inside pouch almost immediately and, after a month, I found the structure of the bag literally coming apart at the seams in several places around the zips.
I understand that filling a bag to the brim places stresses on the seams, but this is the first time I've had a bag actually start to tear apart on me. I am not over-filling it, forcing in more gear that it can hold or struggling to close the zip. It's just not well-made enough. I can now fit my hand through the holes around the side of the zip, so I have gone back to my black, North Face rucksack, which I have owned for almost 10 years with no hint of disintegration.
When winter comes around again, I'll need to find another high-vis rucksack solution, but it won't be this one.