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The Platypus Duthie A.M. 10 backpack has all-mountain aspirations, designed to tidily and comfortably carry a days' worth of kit including full-face helmet and pads, we put it to the test.
Overall Score
Tardis like

The Duthie A.M. 10 is a fully featured backpack with sternum strap, hip belt, compression straps and all the other gubbins normally associated with high end backpacks.

The Floatair back panel is excellent, keeping your back well ventilated, it's also very comfortable and you can easily cinch the pack down tightly, making for a streamlined and stable carrying system.

It's safe to say that the inside of the pack is Tardis like, swallowing up an inordinate amount of gear, belying it's measly 7 litres advertised capacity. There's a front zipped compartment, a stretch front kangaroo pocket, two hipbelt pockets, two stretch side pockets, a fleece-lined eyewear pocket and an array of internal mesh organisation pockets. There's also a built in waterproof rain cover tucked away at the bottom of the bag to protect your gear when the heavens open. These pockets would be useless if they were ill conceived and badly placed but they all seem to be exactly where you want them and just the right size.

A 3l hydration bladder is included with the pack, something worth considering when totting up how it compares to others value wise. The bladder has been built for the bag so sits perfectly on its locating clips and has a magnetic hose retention system on one of the shoulder straps to stop the hose from flapping about in the wind.

All in all, we can't think of anything else you might need out of a cycling backpack, the general build quality and the thought and attention to detail that's gone into the layout would put many a hiking pack to shame so don't dismiss the Duthie A.M. 10 based purely on price.

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