When it comes to selecting a carbon fibre backpack, not all are born equal. Aside from being an excellent material for ultralight backpacks, other aspects of a backpack must be considered, such as the bag’s weight, capacity, and design.
We have listed the 5 best hardshell backpacks that will be excellent for keeping your gear with travelling or storing your helmet when you get there. We also cover:
- Are backpacks safe on motorcycles?
- Why do motorcyclists wear backpacks?
- How do you carry things on a motorcycle?
This hardshell backpack from JFG has a streamlined appearance that looks the part, increases the aerodynamic force, and reduces wind resistance. It has a strong waterproof function, so it's great to use even on rainy days. The inside has a 30L cargo capacity with internal mesh pockets and padded sections.
The carbon fibre and PVC body and lid hold shape even when empty. The sternum strap is fully adjustable and removable, and the zipper is of superior quality electroplate—anatomically designed, fully adjustable shoulder straps with quick-release buckles.
What we like
Storage: the multi-layer padded design means you can hold a 14inch for laptop and camera, tablet computer, e-reader, tools, gloves, etc.
Safety: The streamlined single shot moulded exterior resists wind shear and has a reflective patch for increased nighttime visibility.
Comfort: An aerodynamic shoulder gasket conforms to the body. Comfortable neck shoulder straps keep you comfortable while riding and prevent helmets from scratching. A bolstered back foam profile provides better ventilation.
How to pick
You might be commuting to work every day and hour there and back. So you might find a lighter backpack more comfortable.
What do you need to carry in your backpack? Do you need to pack away a laptop? Or a camera? Also, do you plan to store your helmet inside the backpack or connect it to the hooks.
Do you need a waterproof compartment? Zips that are easy to use even with gloves on? Or USB and power pack compartments.
Are you looking for something sleek or can double the look of a normal backpack?
Are backpacks safe on motorcycles?
Most backpacks aren’t designed to be worn by motorcycle riders. Many packs aren’t ergonomic, so they cause imbalances or discomfort when worn for a long time. During a fall, the pack can catch and twist the spine, or the objects in the pack can cause injury.
Why do motorcyclists wear backpacks?
Convenience. While riding your bike, you can easily carry your things in a backpack. A backpack cannot be compared to other options such as panniers, top boxes, or saddles, which come with challenges such as being large, bulky, and sometimes even challenging to install.
How do you carry things on a motorcycle?
- A Backpack. This is the simplest solution.
- Tank Bag. If your gas tank is metal, a tank bag is probably the next easiest solution.
- Saddlebags. Just about any bike has room for a pair of saddlebags tossed on the back.
- Top Trunk.
- Built-In Storage.
- Hard Luggage.
Motorcycle Backpack Reviews
You'll find this waterproof carbon fibre and abrasion-resistant motorcycle backpack lightweight because it's only 1.3kg. The backpack can hold a 15.6-inch notebook computer, motorcycle helmets, and other large items. Inside the backpack, you will find a spacious compartment containing everything neatly.
What we like
Design: The bag’s design is three-dimensional with exquisite aluminium alloys, a hard shell shape, a high-quality zip and an atmospheric metal logo.
Frame structure: The frame structure replaces the upper body muscles and has a thicker waistband to reduce fatigue. Comfortable to wear with a breathable mesh material that relieves suffocating heat.
It's a comfortable bag on and off the bike. It has good adjustability on the chest and waist strap, you can use the hoops to carry your helmet, but there is enough room to keep the helmet inside the bag as it expands when you unzip the second zipper. The inside compartments are excellent and have secure pockets.
The USB outlet is handy but would have been better if the pocket for the power bank was bigger. The zips don’t jam and are still easy to use with your gloves on.
What we like
Waterproof: It’s water and wear-resistant, plus the incorporated rain cover gives you double water protection in cases of heavy rain.
Support and safety: The backpack features adjustable chest and waist straps and provides perfect support and stability. It has reflective strips on all sides for increased safety at night.
Design: Antitheft pocket, Side pockets, luggage handle sleeve, several interior compartments and a special padded compartment for laptop or tablet of up to 17 inches.
This is a 30-litre backpack with internal mesh pockets to separate any small items. These multilayers also have a designed padded compartment for a 14-inch laptop and can be used for a camera, tablet computer, e-reader, tools, gloves, etc.
What we like
Holds shape: Nylon construction with PVC body and lid reinforced with carbon fibre to hold its shape.
Straps: Fully adjustable and removable, no slip sternum strap, superior quality electroplate zipper.
Comfortable: The shoulder gasket conforms to the body, increasing aerodynamics. The back foam profile is reinforced for better airflow.
This backpack from YSMOTO is similar to our top pick and has a 30-litre capacity. It has an internal mesh to keep small items secure. There is also a padded compartment that can fit a 14-inch laptop.
Adjustable belt with high-density weave, removable sternum strap with high thickness and excellent quality electroplate zipper. Padded and easily adjustable riding specific shoulder straps.
What we like
Features: It has a concealed handle and helmet hang buckle.
Airflow: Bolstered back foam profile increases air ventilation.
Warranty: It comes with a 90-day warranty.
In conclusion, for most motorcycle backpacks, the JFG is the best carbon fibre backpack that can withstand the test of time. It has a lot of compartments, is easy to use and has a great design. It is a good backpack that can still last a long time even if you use it daily.