The Cadence backpack from Craft Cadence is a cycling backpack/rucksack designed by cycling commuters for use as a cycling backpack. As cycle commuters, we have listened to feedback from the cycling community. Commuters need full weather protection against the elements. The Cadence is certified to IPX5 against water ingress in its main compartment. Commuters want organisation of their belongings. The Cadence has a large water resistant pocket to fit bike essentials such as repair kit, spare tubes and even most lock types. Inside, there is a sleeve with two compartments – one dedicated laptop compartment supporting laptops up to 15 inches, as well as a mesh pocket for small items such as wallets, keys and phones. The sleeve can be easily removed by velcro. The bike commuter wishes to be comfortable on the ride, and avoid the dreaded ‘sweaty back’. Cadence answers this by having a foam padded back panels separated by mesh, aiding airflow between the rider’s back and the bag. The shoulder straps also have air vents to maximise air flow. There are chest and waist straps to fully secure the bag to the rider. The cycle commuters needs to be seen on the road. That’s why Cadence has a reflective strips at the bottom, which doubles as an attachment for rear lights. There are also reflective strips on the shoulder straps. Finally, all that commuters want is for their bags to last. That’s why Cadence uses the toughest wearing, tear resistant tarpaulin materials that is 0.5mm thick – the thickest on the market for roll-top cycling backpacks.
Cadence is generous in capacity at 30 litres, enough for commuting needs including clothes, lunch, toiletries, bike essentials, laptop, notebooks, other electronics (phones, tablets), and more. Cadence can double up as a shopping bag in weekends.
Cadence is fully certified to IPX5 standards for water protection by SGS. IPX5 certification means that the bag is guaranteed to be waterproof in all weather conditions, short of submerging the bag under water. Water resistance is ensured through high quality tarpaulin materials at 0.5mm thick (thickest on the market), high frequency seam welding technology and the secure roll top closure system which is designed to be secured as quickly as possible for the busy commuter. To secure, simply fold forward tightly twice until the velcro pads meet. Then secure with straps on either corner for added security. The front pocket is generous in capacity and uses water resistant zip to ensure general water resistance (though not certified to IPX5 like the main compartment).
Unlike other roll-top backpacks which come with a single ‘black hole’ of a main internal compartment, Cadence recognises the cyclists’ need for organisation, and avoids the fumbling and hopeful grabbing that is so common with bags in this category.
There is a generous external pocket accessible via horizontal water resistant zippers, which has enough capacity to hold bike essentials such as repair kits, spare inner tubes, chains, lubes, small tools and small bike locks. Unlike most backpacks with external pockets in this category – there is plenty of room and the zipper is not vertical, meaning items don’t fall out as you unzip.
In the main internal compartment, a organisation sleeve is included which has a generously padded 15 inch laptop compartment at the back (can hold 15 inch MacBook Pro, Dell XPS15, Lenovo Thinkpad), a mesh pocket at the front with enough room for most essentials such as wallets, keys, gloves and phones, and a middle compartment for clothes and lunchboxes. Water bottles can be neatly to the side of the bag outside the sleeve.
Features designed for the commuter in mind
Cadence is unequivocally a rucksack dedicated to cycle commuters who brave the toughest of conditions. To maximise comfort, Cadence has been designed with a shoulder harness system that is shaped to maximise comfort in the forward riding position. The padded shoulder straps have air vents to maximise air flow and reduce build up of moisture and sweat at the shoulders. The thick foam padded back with mesh covering allows to air to circulate between the back and the backpack, wicking away moisture and helping to avoid the sweaty back when arriving at work. A light adjustable hip belt enables secure position of the backpack and reduce load on back. The adjustable sternum strap distributes weight across the back to ensure maximum comfort for the rider.
High visibility with safety in mind
Cadence is designed with high vis in mind. There is a reflective strips at the bottom of the bag, which also functions as a loop for light attachment. There are also reflective strips on both sides of the bag as well as on the shoulder straps.
Guaranteed to last
Cadence has been engineered to use the toughest tarpaulin materials which is water and tear resistant, and tougher than nylon and polyester. The material used is 0.5mm thick – which is the thickest on the market for cycling backpacks. This bag will last you years and years, enough for you to pass on to your relatives and friends in time.
Cadence has been designed as a bag that looks as great on the bike as in the office. The black variant is equally proficient as an office bag that looks professional and smart in meetings.
While performing best as a cycling backpack for commuting, Cadence is also ideal for mountain biking, touring, cross country, or camping, or any other cyclists looking for a larger load. It is also great as a stylist everyday general backpack to work, school, gym and shopping. It can also be used for other outdoor activities where you are exposed to adverse weather conditions, such as hiking, hill walking, mountain climbing, orienteering and sailing.
30l, 1000 g, 65 (height unrolled) x 42 (widestwidth) x 18 cm (depth)
About Craft Cadence
Craft Cadence is a specialist cycling brand started by a small group of cycle commuters in London. All the founders have commuting to work in the past and continue to do so. We are driven to serve the cycle commuting community with quality products that are designed with our community in mind.
“The Craft Cadence Backpack is a tough, capable, and cavernous no-frills backpack designed for the commuter cyclist who REALLY doesn’t want their stuff to get wet. I like it a lot.”
“All things considered, I liked the Cadence a lot.”
“So is this ‘the one’? It’s early days in the relationship and we’re yet to share a shower together… but call me an old romantic, I think I may have found my commuter bag for life.”