Sound investment for commuters and other nocturnal cyclists
Respro Hi-Viz Hump Rucksack cover
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The hump is a waterproof Hi-Viz cover designed to fit over rucksacks and panniers with 40 litre capacities. Sizing seems pretty universal and fitting couldn’t be simpler (although proved a struggle on some panniers and older hydration packs). Roll the hump over the bag, secure the elastic webbing in a cross formation and pop the press-studs together.

Sometimes covers can ride up, leaving panniers and their contents vulnerable to water and spray. However, the elasticated corners ensure excellent retention without infuriating flapping on blustery rides. Acres of Scotchlite striping add extra visibility to help minimise rider vulnerability when negotiating roundabouts and/or emerging from junctions while the day-glow yellow is suitably assaulting to the eye-especially in low light.

A capacious mesh pocket is ideal for bunches of keys, small carton of milk and other nick-nacks and when on a rucksack makes a great LED mounting point. In most cases, a quick wipe-over with a damp cloth keeps it looking fresh but those of us enjoying a bit of dirt in our diet will be pleased to hear it can be machine washed at 30 degrees. (Remember to put some proofing in with the wash to retain the cover’s water repellency).

When not in use the Hump folds down in to a small package that won't take up much space in your rucksack or bag. Those seeking the last word in illumination will be delighted to know there is also an even more visible version with integral LED piping.

Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)


DaveP [412 posts] 6 years ago

What's on the bottom of the Hump?

The sides, top and back look well endowed with 3M. But, is the bottom..?

Ever noticed that when a rider is tucked or using drops (to following road users) the most visible bit of their rucksack is the bit that never has any reflectiveness? Every back-pack I've had has a hard wearing - anti skuff - bottom, but no 3M or dayglow...  2

Dave Atkinson [6083 posts] 6 years ago

yeah, i definitely hear what you're saying. because the hump is a cover and isn't designed to deal with the everyday scuffing and suchforth, the scotchlite does extend a lot farther down than it does normally. not right to the bottom, mind, but further. i think its core market is more sat up types doing their commute on their hybrids, but it will make you more visible on the drops too. maybe they should do a more roadie-specific one with all the scotchlite on the base...  1