I’ve got a small confession to make…
I’m somewhat bag obsessed!
I love the feeling of a good bag; that feels comfortable on my back, has pockets where I need them, keeps my bits and bobs safe and is quick to access.
That’s why we’ve had so many bag reviews in the past on London Cyclist. The Union 34, the Chrome Bravo, the STM Jet Laptop bag, the Slicks Suit 25 for carrying your suit and the Chrome Buran laptop messenger bag.
When Wiggle emailed me about the DHB Slice 30L backpack, I couldn’t resist – I hit the reply button – “I need a slice of that – send me one to review asap!”
I didn’t really make the slice pun. I like to maintain at least a moderate air of professionalism when working with bike companies.
The DHB Luggit Slice (To use its full name) comes in 6 flavours (L stands for litres):
- 15L (£23.99)
- 25L (31.99)
- 25L with hydration pack (£44.99)
- 30L (£39.99)
- 30L with hydration pack (£54.99)
- 40L (£53.99)
You can see all of them here.
The two obvious questions are:
What size do I need?
Do I need the hydration pack?
With the 30L version I can comfortably fit my 14” laptop, bulky SLR camera and some spare clothes. In fact, I’m certain I could fit those things in the 25L version.
Where the 30L version is useful, is for a weekends worth of gear. At a push you can fit it all in there.
The hydration pack is a nice extra, especially for those cycling long distances, not having to reach down to grab their water bottle.
However, for most commuters, it isn’t really necessary.
On to the features..
As anyone who has ever opened their bag to discover their clothes wet from the rain will tell you, a waterproof cover is a necessity. Fortunately, the DHB includes one. Its quick and easy to remove and install.
After a particular wet and windy two hour walk out in the North East Anglia, my DHB Sync jacket finally relented and my cuffs were wet. The bag however, valiantly fought on. Everything inside was completely dry.
Two pockets for your water bottles and a compartment for your laptop
The DHB Luggit Slice includes two side pockets for your water bottles. When cycling, I’ve found it a little difficult to quickly reach around and grab the bottle. My arm is having to do some rather unnatural moves, and its not good to have only one hand on the handlebars for too long.
Fortunately, the two pockets around the waist straps make up for convenience. You can easily fit any energy bars in there and quickly unzip them, without taking your eyes off the road. (Or a key card for accessing the secure garage at the bottom of your office – we can all hope right?).
If the two waist pockets are not to your liking, they can be removed.
There’s also an excellent quick access pocket at the top of the bag. This would be perfect for your keys and wallet.
Inside, there’s an uncluttered main compartment with a separate pocket for your laptop. Unfortunately the bag doesn’t include one of those clever bits at the bottom that prevents your laptop getting bashed if you put it down too far. However, its nothing that a little care and caution won’t fix.
My 14” laptop fits in comfortably and you should be able to fit in most 15” laptops too.
The front pocket at the front has separate compartments for storing your repair kit.
There’s also a further open pocket, with a velcro that allows for extra quick access storage. Though, you wouldn’t want to place anything in there that may slide out.
Finally, to complete the package, there’s also straps at the front of the bag that would be great for attaching a tower or a jacket.
Overall, an excellent amount of space and a very well thought out layout.
I’ve used the DHB bag on an almost daily basis for the past few months and it remains very comfortable. There have been some times when I’ve felt like the shoulder straps were slipping, but clipping them in or the waist strap, solves the problem.
DHB Luggit Slice Review
This would be a five star review were it not for two small issues. The first is that the bottles are too hard to reach while you are pedalling. The second is that I own another 30L bag by Northface and I feel it offers more storage space. Aside from that, this is a fantastic bag by DHB, that I’d thoroughly recommend to cyclists looking for a nice new bag.
The main features I loved were the waterproofing, the quick access pockets on the side and the look of the bag.
Quick review overview