Respro Hi-Viz Hump Camo Light  £32.99

8/10

Practical illumination upgrade for rucksacks and panniers… with camouflage too

Weight 153g   Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   November 18, 2011  

Respro Hump rucksack cover camo

Essentially two products in one, the Respro Hump reflective backpack cover has justly become something of an institution amongst urban warriors thanks to super tough, weatherproof construction and eye-catching designs.

Arguably the electro luminescent version represents the Holy Grail for those seeking to emulate the proverbial Christmas tree on acid but our Camo Light design held it's own whether snaking through the urban jungle or tearing up the trail. Better still, with no electricals to worry about, it can be tossed in with low temperature civilian washes come time the sludge and grime feel that little bit too authentic.

What we have here is a waterproof nylon cover with taped seams and elasticated corners that rolls atop bags and panniers between twenty-five and forty litre capacities. This locks in place around the belly, or pannier sides in an X formation courtesy of webbed straps with press-studs. Acres of fat Scotchlite detailing ensure 180degree visibility when negotiating the town planner's finest works and the two parallel strips run top to bottom so the rucksack faithful won't disappear off the radar when riding low on the drops in bombing mode. Besides you can always slip an LED or two aboard the capacious mesh pocket's collar for good measure.

This gobbles all manner of overspill and impulse supermarket purchases from keys through to one-litre milk cartons, although mine gave way to my son Joshua's burgeoning colony of plastic aliens. Being an aspiring paramilitary dictator, the pixelated camouflage livery met with my approval and assimilates dirt and grime into its pattern very effectively between machine washes. Hosepipe testing revealed no apparent weaknesses but partially submerging a budget Codura pannier during a spot of river riding saw water sneak behind the elastic- absorbed slowly but surely by the bag's fabric. Inconvenient when hauling a change of clothes but potentially ruinous with camera and similarly sensitive electricals en tow... let's be fair though that's probably a slightly extreme test.

Verdict

Practical illumination upgrade for rucksacks and panniers, fun too

road.cc test report

Make and model: Respro HUMP Reflective Back Pack Cover

Size tested: Camo Light

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"The Respro Hump™ backpack cover is a simple and unique product that performs several functions at the same time.

It fits over an existing backpack and fastens around its waist. It also features an elasticated edge that grips the backpack stopping it from flapping around.

The Hump™ is available in a range of styles all including Scotchlite™ for night-time visibility

Optimum visibility whilst on the road

Adds space for more items

Suitable for most backpacks

Makes cyclists highly visible

Easily fitted over most backpacks

No need to buy a product specific bag

Clings to donor bag".

No quibble here

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

100% waterproof nylon cover, tapered seams,elasticated sides Scotchlite detailing. Fits panniers and rucksacks between 25 and 40 litre capacities.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Nothing is 100% waterproof in my experience and a river crossing saw water creep above the elasticated sides, working its way inside the host's Codura fabric but this is an extreme and isolated incident. Day to day soakings have made zero impression and Scotchlite detailing has been extended to the base, addressing some earlier criticisms about sudden rider invisibility when wearing a rucksack and crouching low on the drops.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Fits in a flash, waterproof and very visible

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

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