By: William C.
Read Time: 8 mins
I once heard somebody offer the advice: "The true test of a relationship is putting somebody in a situation they aren't ready for to see if they stick around." That is probably shit advice for maintaining healthy relationships, but could be applied for evaluating a piece of gear.
I needed a bag that I could use for a multi-day motorcycle trip I was planning. It had to have a secondary waist strap, hydration bladder capability, enough storage for clothing and things needed for a couple days, and be durable to hold up to freeway speed winds on a motorcycle with no windscreen or fairing.
The Cannae social media rep on Instagram grabbed my attention with some *ahem* "creative memery” and I found the Legion Day Pack 2.0 on their website. Some very fast shipping and a couple of days later the pack arrived on my doorstep just in time to be loaded up with what I wanted to bring on the trip.
A day after the end of the trip I'm sitting here with thoroughly cramped legs, a sore neck, and a super high opinion of this bag.
Working from the outside in, the bag has fantastic stitching and is made from some definite tough materials. There are no mis-stitches or hanging threads at all, and nothing has become frayed or loose. The material was easy to wipe grime off of (mostly bugs) and shows no discoloration.
The sunglass pouch was super useful, and my Rayban wayfarers survived the trip thankfully.
The front zipper pouch is easy to access and has some very sensible organization pockets for smaller items.
The large main pouch easily completely zips open and folds all the way down, allowing for easy access to all items no matter how you pack your bag.
Included is a large zipper pouch with Velcro that attaches to the inside of the bag. I've seen other manufacturers offer these as an optional (read: expensive) accessory separate from their bags. It's great that this is included.
The hydration pouch worked great for a 2L Source bladder and the hose cleverly ran through the top of the bag to be looped through a front strap or over your shoulder.
The straps on the bag held firm, and have built in Velcro and elastic to set length adjustments. This is a great feature, and I didn't have to attack this bag with electrical tape like I do with most gear.
As you can see in the photos, I put carabiners through the zipper pulls on the pockets. The zippers are high quality and won't open on their own normally, but with winds while going at 70mph (+/-50mph) they of course pulled apart and could open if not secured.
The shoulder strap spacing where the straps meet the bag are just a little bit narrow for my neck. With the bag strapped on flush against my back, they pressed on my neck enough to be noticeable. I have a 16.5" neck for context, in no way bodybuilder thick.
When trying to stuff something into the bag, it is difficult to only partially open the main compartment without it flopping completely open. This came up when trying to put my riding gloves in the top while at Petoskey Brewing, leading to all my belongings falling out onto the floor.
The waist strap seemed a bit thin and definitely needed more rigidity to act as a true weight bearing waist strap such as on a quality hiking backpack.
What I would put on the Legion 2.0:
I would love to see the shoulder straps either spaced slightly further or redesigned to allow for a wider neck. Adjustability could be totally rad, but might add unneeded complexity or material.
Two small plastic buckles positioned about an inch or two below the horizontal part of the zipper for the main compartment would be super handy to allow the bag to be only opened on top, or unbuckled to allow for a total opening.
The waist strap should be either thicker, or an "upgraded" version should be available that is either cushioned and larger, or made similar to a gun belt with rigid materials inside to allow for some true use for weight distribution.
Finally, a Molle attachable small pouch for an elastic rain cover would be amazing, as it would allow you to easily cover the bag in case you are in a moist situation.
The bag is excellent, affordable, and certainly of high-quality construction. I don't think I even used half of the available built-in features. Clearly, there was tremendous thought put into the design and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a sleek, convenient pack.
Cannae Note: This blog was written and submitted by a #CPGgang member completly independent of us. If you like what you read, check out our Legion 2.0 here: https://cannaeprogear.com/collections/backpacks/products/legion-day-pack-2-0-21l