Almost the ultimate commuting rucksack - comfy on the bike and extremely well-organised - our only niggle is the lack of reflective detailing

Deuter's Giga Office Pro rucksack has a vast array of nooks, crannies and compartments to help you organise your stuff, and it's comfortable to carry on and off the bike.

The Deuter Giga Office Pro is a rucksack for the super-organised who want a place for everything, and everything in its place. Its 32-litre capacity is split between four compartments of various sizes and there's a pair of side pockets.

That's all held on to your back by thickly padded shoulder straps with a sternum strap to pull them in round your chest. If you need to stop the bottom swaying around there's a removable waist strap too, but it's too minimal to fill a supporting role.

Rammed to the gunwales with stuff, it's comfortable to carry around and there's room in here for anything I can imagine needing to take to work: shoes, jeans, shirt, etc. It's not going to fit the bill if you need to carry a suit, but that's clearly not what it's for.

It comes with a pair of very handy internal bags: a padded laptop sleeve with a grab handle; and a toiletries bag for your shower stuff if you're lucky enough to have workplace facilities.

The laptop sleeve is big enough for a 15in laptop and nestles cosily in its compartment at the back of the bag. The large main compartment does most of the kit-carrying duties for big stuff like clothes and shoes. It's lined in black with a dark grey base which does make small stuff hard to find, so best use the two outermost compartments to organise them.

Those compartments have lots of slots for pens, your phone, wallet and so on, plus a zipped compartment for valuables, and there's a clip for your keys so they don't get lost in the recesses of the bag.

I have to admit to not being a big fan of carrying stuff in a rucksack; I'd rather use panniers and avoid a sweaty back. But if you are going to use a rucksack, this is as good as it gets. Not only is is festooned with places to organise your office and work gear, but the padding comprises two strips of foam with ventilation channels, contained by mesh, so your sweat has lots of opportunities to escape. Unless you go like the clappers, you therefore don't get too sweaty.

It's not big on visibility, though. The light loop has reflective fabric over it, but that's about it. If you like your rucksack to help you be seen, you're going to want to add a cover with some reflectives.

That niggle aside, though, this is a spacious, comfortable rucksack with some really useful extras and very handy organisation features. If you can't keep your stuff in order with this bag, you're probably a lost cause.


Almost the ultimate commuting rucksack - comfy on the bike and extremely well-organised - our only niggle is the lack of reflective detailing 

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Deuter Giga Office Pro

Size tested: Black

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?

Deuter says:

Deuter's transportable offices are spacious and highly organised. Reach your destination by bus or tube in style and relaxed in the knowledge that your laptop is safely stowed in its padded compartment. For those needing a larger portable office, the Giga Office Pro has ample room and a separate padded laptop bag and excellent organisation .

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

Large folder-sized main compartment padded base

Compression straps

Comfortable grab handle

Large front pocket with organiser

Divided compartment for computer accessories

Removable, padded 15,4' laptop bag with grab handle and laptop accessories pocket

Detachable hip belt

Zipped front pocket

Separate stow pockets

Stretch side pockets

Reflective loop.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

Tidy seams and stitching throughout.

Rate the product for performance:

Comfortable to carry and well-organised, but loses marks for lack of reflectives.

Rate the product for durability:

Reinforced seams, double-stitching around the blocks and Deuter's rep for long-lasting bags suggests it's last ages. No visible wear after months of use.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:

I'm not a big fan of cycling in a backpack, but Deuter have made it as comfortable as it can be here with plenty of padding and good ventilation.

Rate the product for value:

For the extra details and quality, £90 is a very reasonable price.

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

No complaints.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Added extras; comfort; capacity.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Lack of reflectives.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

This is my go-to bag now for nipping into town because it's comfortable and relatively cool even when loaded up with a laptop and a big D-lock. While I prefer panniers, there are times when I want something dead easy to carry off the bike too, and the Giga Office Pro perfectly fits the bill.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 47  Height: 5ft 11in  Weight: 85kg

I usually ride: Scapin Style  My best bike is:

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding,


Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.


bobinski [294 posts] 4 years ago

"It's not big on visibility, though...That niggle aside"

Ummh, generally good review as tend to be the case on this site. But the lack of reflectives on a bag described as "possibly the ultimate commuting bag" in my opinion undermines that very suggestion. I have and love the Rapha backpack, bought in the sale so not much more expensive, and just as good and with the benefit of that white stipe, and reflective dots where it matters and a waterproof highly visible cover. A much better choice perhaps.

andyp [1599 posts] 4 years ago

Again, if you're relying on your bag to make you visible, you really need to have a look at your lighting.

s_lim [218 posts] 4 years ago

Waterproofing tends to be high on my priority for commuting. Its all well and good having padding, pockets etc, but I live in Northern Ireland, and when it's not raining, it's thinking about it.

Overboard bags have been my goto the last few years, but I recently saw this in Decathlon http://www.decathlon.co.uk/oxford-aqua-25l-yellow-bag-id_8293852.html and it looks to be the business.

rodsquad [31 posts] 4 years ago

Sounds good, but for my money it doesn't steal the "Ultimate" tag from Osprey's Momentum rucksack. It's packed with commuter friendly touches. I've tried various bags over the years and it's far and away the best I've used. It's over 3 years old and no noticeable damage yet either. Check it out.

bobinski [294 posts] 4 years ago
andyp wrote:

Again, if you're relying on your bag to make you visible, you really need to have a look at your lighting.

I prefer to rely on both. I also have reflective tortes mudguards on my commuter and reflective tyres too. If a light fails or I am caught out unexpectedly when dusk or night fall it's good to know the reflectives are there.

Al__S [1295 posts] 4 years ago

Doesn't matter though does it? You can be as reflective and lit up as you want, it still seems to be OK to mow you down.

md6 [181 posts] 4 years ago

I have one of these and i agree that it is great for commuting, there are a load of little compartments in the two front pockets, several more in the main part too. The padding is great although i find that it can be a little heavy due to that.

Re the visibility thing, i tend to either clip a small light to the loop, or more often bung a fluro waterproof cover on it in winter. Keeps it dry, has loads of reflectives etc so it isn't a problem. I wouldn't rely on a bag to make my visible and even if there was more reflective on there i'd still use the hump to cover it.

Kadenz [112 posts] 4 years ago

Yes, it does matter. Being highly visible won't necessarily prevent you getting mown down, but it will minimise the risk of it happening.

Melchett [1 post] 4 years ago

Anything Osprey will always get my vote. Have the Flapjack (20l messenger) and the 'Quantum' - which is a 34 litre badass of a pack. Much like the Gigaoffice up there I guess, but available in non-black, with reflective trims, superb organisation and a proper life time warranty.