Finding the right wheelchair bag is difficult, I had a tatty old rucksack that was attached to the back of my chair and I searched and searched but couldn’t find a nice one.
They all looked a bit bulky, they looked like disabled products if that makes sense and then……
I won a competition on Instagram for a Maxpedition Condor-II Backpack that has a capacity of 23l and costs just short of £150!
It was perfect, not only was the size right but it is also almost indestructible. It is made with high quality nylon stitching, self-repairing YKK® zippers and a durable water-resistant exterior.
I know some of you will think that the bag looks very low and it may be hard to access by reaching round, well I am 6′ 4″ and I have shorter legs, a long torso and as my wife says the arms of a gorilla and so I have a long reach!
It has a concealed compartment on the side that can take a 3L hydration reservoir, but for me that compartment is ideal for my wallet and keys and as it has a loop lining I have added the hook velcro to my wallet and so I can stick it on the inside wall and I always know where it is!
If you use a hydration bladder in the concealed compartment, the drinking tube exits out through a port under the top carry handle which is covered by a velcro fastened flap.
I have managed to attach it to my wheelchair in a way that it is easily removed, I have the Jay J3 back on my chair and so I have taken two old straps and put them under some of the Jay J3 mounting hardware and the shoulder strap click on those and the two lower straps with click fasteners go round the frame.
The Maxpedition Condor-II Backpack has as well as the concealed pocket, one large standard deep compartment and two further smaller compartments. It is also covered in PALS webbing so you can attach kit with carabiners or attach external pouches and pockets using attachment straps.
It is totally waterproof and the zips are self repairing and tough, after all this backpack is designed with tactical use or expeditions in mind.
Of course having a bag behind you questions the security of the items in the bag, but a simple and effective tip someone showed me is this.
As in the photo gallery above, take the zipper pulls and pass them through each other, this is easy to undo when you know how but it makes it difficult for someone to quickly open a zip and steal something! Although all that is in that top compartment is my wheelchair gloves and a beanie hat.
Yes I admit that the price tag is steep, from Amazon it is currently £146.95 but this will last forever!
I have now stopped using a bag on the back of the chair, the extra weight is not worth it for the amount of times I actually use the stuff in it.
So I just put the basics in the bag that came with the Jay Xtreme Active cushion and then have a grab bag (bum bag) for if we are going out and I am likely to need the extra bits!