We use lots of backpacks, many of them for daily use. For the last year we had a favorite backpack – North Face Kaban – that did it all. It received great reviews from us and other sources. Then we had a chance to test out the Ride Everyday bag. Ride is debuting a line up of bags, including duffle and board bags. We also tested out the Ride Perfect Bag. Read on to see what we thought about the new Ride Everyday Bag.
First take – this bag is made of burly 840D PU coated polyester material. It reminds us of a Patagonia Black Hole or our favorite North Face Kaban. The material is a little thinner and more pliable than either of those bags though. This is kind of nice in that the bag is not as stiff. The bag is well built and can take on some weather. Not saying it is waterproof, in fact, none of the mentioned bags claim to waterproof. They are, however, quite burly and weather resistant. This bag makes a great urban travel bag – for several reasons.
This bag is far roomier than other bags we’ve tested. Not huge by any means, but just the right size to carry everything we need during the day. We easily fit a complete change of clothes, chargers for all kinds of electronic devices, pens (yes there is a dedicated pocket for organizing pens and such) laptop (there is a side access pocket with sufficient padding for a laptop) and a sleeve for a full size tablet. To top things off, there is dedicated sunglass/goggle pocket that is fleece lined as well as a mesh lid pocket on the inside. One of our favorite features is the massive elasticized side pockets for water bottles. This is the first backpack we tested that we could actually fit a full size 40oz water bottle, so it CAN take a Nalgene. Heck we were able to fit a full size 40oz water bottle on one side then a 750ml of our favorite adult beverage on the other. Score!
Lets not forget that this is a bag made by a snowboard company, so, of course it can carry a snowboard! (Ed. note: or a skateboard. Such discrimination!) We would not say this is by any means our first choice in backcountry backpacks, but it would make an excellent in bounds bag for shredding. When not needed, the snowboard straps hide away nicely in slots. You also get daisy chains all over the pack for strapping on extra gear. They almost look Molle compatible, but are spaced to wide for compatibility.
This is the backpack for everyday use, traveling and even in bounds snowboarding. One bag to to rule them all. The price point is very friendly as well MSRP $129.95, but grab it here for $120.