Don’t you just love it when you’re accidentally on-trend? When something you have been doing for years, let’s say, Run to work, becomes all the rage. Suddenly, out of no-where (well sort of), there is even a day dedicated to runners who embark on their commute by foot. Swapping their morning crush-on-the-tube-oh-smelly-armpit ride for some fresh(ish) air and “me-time” on the road becomes the norm.
Joking aside, as someone who has been running to work since 2010 and cycling in London for (god) eight years now, I think it’s amazing that so many people are finally realising the benefits of commuting via muscle power. All we need now is for the government to realise the potential of the #runcommute and we’ll be laughing but more on that in another post. Today my friends, I want to talk kit – well my #runcommute rucksacks. Here’s why I have a multitude of rucksacks for my #runcommute.
Choosing a rucksack is essential unless, of course, you plan to run to work and sit around in your stinky gear all day. Why? Well unless you’re training for the Highland Games, the easiest way to carry around your change of clothes, wash bag and everything else you tend to take with you everyday is on your back.
With plenty of rucksacks on offer, specifically designed for running, (brands that spring to mind include Deuter, Berghaus and OMM), you’ll not find it difficult to find one to suit your needs. Many are lightweight and moulded in a way that makes the journey more comfortable.
Now I have two rucksacks: an autumn/winter, spring/summer (pictured below):
The one on the left is pretty damn huge but in the winter, when I’m not willing to compromise on space for my extra thick jumpers and boots, it suits me fine. It’s heavier than it looks and comes with all the essential extra pockets to shove keys, Oyster cards, extra contact lenses and anything else that I may need. Don’t ask me how many litres this carries as I have no idea but let’s just say it’s made for hiking at weekends.
Admittedly, I look like I’m training for some hardcore adventure like the Marathon des Sables (the ultimate goal) but I don’t care. It’s comfortable, has a sort of netting at the back to mould to my shape and create airflow between my body and the fabric. The straps are padded for extra comfort and it comes with a multitude of straps for me to fasten the load to every inch of my upper body so I can really carry off the tortoise and its shell look. It even has an in-built rain cover. In fact, I don’t think there’s anything this rucksack does not have in terms of features.
This rucksack was a birthday present from my brother. I asked for a running rucksack and as I’d like to think he knows me pretty well (as in I always seem to accumulate a lot of stuff), I think he chose pretty well. This particular item has definitely seen me solidly through the winter and can also be used for hiking and even weekends away. Well done big bro.
At the other end of the scale is my adidas bag, which looks pretty small in comparison to the mighty haversack next to it. What I like about this bag is that it is deceptively roomy. I can carry what I need in it during the spring/summer months and the front pocket offers me easy access to my keys, phone, etc…There’s also a side pocket for me to slip whatever music/radio contraption I choose to use at that time into. As long as I pack my bag well i.e. with no hard objects at the back, it’s easy to carry. Another top tip that I’ve learnt is to separate everything – clothing, washbag and shoes – and place them in plastic bags.
The bottom is a slightly different plastic material that repels water and keeps the stuff inside dry. And what I really like about this bag is the colours. It’s pretty bright so people can see me coming in the misty mornings we’ve had of late. In terms of strappage, this is pretty simple. There are no waistbands to fix it to your body but I find as long as I adjust the straps tightly to my body, it does not jiggle annoyingly up and down like so many of them do.
And I know that if I turn up to the theatre or even the cinema with this bag in the evening, I don’t look like I’ve moved out of home. The adidas bag is a day rucksack that fits everything that I need in it for the warmer months.
How do you carry your essentials on your #runcommute? Should I upgrade? What tips do you have?