Mission Workshop Vandal Review
I had been excited to try out the Vandal from the time I saw it at Interbike 09. Well, I finally got my hands on one and I couldn’t be more pleased. It has completely replaced all of my other bags from day one. When empty, the bag compresses down to a very small size and is surprisingly light. The plate that rests against the wearers back flexes to fit the contours of the waist and adds extra comfort without a lot of bulky padding. Each compartment or flap has fully taped zippers and the whole bag has a urethane coating for those rainy days. There are three flaps and one main compartment that can expand to double the volume. We loaded up a bike, various size boxes, wheels, laptops, beer and anything else we could get our hands on. The surprising thing about the bag is that even when filled with odd shaped objects like desk lamps, groceries and the occasional fender, it was hardly noticeable to the wearer. Mission Workshop really did a great job with this bag down to the last detail. The one complaint I had was the lack of waist strap, but I have come to find out they offer them separately on the website for those who need extra support.
The price is set at $230 which is up there, but you can rest assured that your bag is backed by a lifetime warranty and is made in the good ol’ U.S.A.
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