Rated 5 out of 5 by JeanStormvilleNY Great for the commuter cyclist!
I bought this for my son who cycles to work every day. He carries his laptop and work clothes in the backpack. He was 'over the moon, totally thrilled' by this bag. It has plenty of room, the extra support straps for his waist and chest offer the perfect balance when riding, and there's lots of easy access small compartments to store the small stuff. He hasn't given it the 'rain test' yet to see how waterproof it is, but just by looking at the bag, you can tell water won't be an issue. I highly recommend this product.
October 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nwart The Minimalist
I was looking for a 25L pack that could be used as carry on luggage, and also as a daypack for walking - to carry raingear, sandwiches, etc.. in town, and on vacation. The first thing I liked about the Vuelo are the reflective panels that really work for being more visible at night time, the first thing I didn't like was that it falls over when put on the ground, even when fully loaded. Other than minor niggles I like the "Light, Bright and Water-Tight" Vuelo.
This is ideal, not so small it looks a little silly on a tall man, not so large it knocks people over on the tube, and it is waterproof* (versus water resistant), so a rain cover isn't needed. The size fully loaded is less than 19 X 14 X 8 inches, and about 2.8lbs when empty, it easily meets the carry on size for jet (as personal item), or turbo prop (carry on luggage to go in overhead bin). It fits nicely on top of a big box wheeled suitcase , so that the handles align. *Will not withstand submersing in water though.
The back panel and the main straps are very comfortable (compared to a Timbuk2 Rogue) and have real venting and air channels built in. I will use it as shown with the velcro flap fasteners and the tie down strap. It's just a nice size, and with two waterbottles it's not wide enough that ones elbows bang into them when walking. The main straps have gadgets for securing the flappy ends.
As for security and pockets, the main compartment is accessed via the flap and strap, and anything one puts in it will be secure and dry-it's impossible to get to it without the zraaap of the velcro flap. As another reviewer pointed out, if you want to operate in silent mode, fold the flap under before strapping down. In this main compartment is a laptop pocket, it will fit my notebook with padded case and there is a sewn in loop for attaching a key ring clip. There is a full length pocket also accessed from under the flap with its own zipper, I would use it for maps/books or storing the hip belt when not needed. It is also accessible from the right side of the pack through a so called "Napoleon" zippered access opening which is nice but it also means valuables put in there can be got to easily by others -say on the tube in rush hour. The full length pocket also has a small pocket near the Napoleon zippered access opening for small things, but I would not use it for the same reason.
Will update after some more use.
February 2, 2015