My favourite booq backpack was the now-discontinued design-led Mamba, which lacked most the booq’s trademark attention to detail and functionality but looks and feels fantastic. The new Taipan Shock is another daypack that, whilst filling the same function, has a completely different approach.

The outer pocket zipper is made with colourful fabric – a nod to the fun of the Mamba, but once you open the Taipan Shock up, it’s all business. Rather than the Mamba’s causal “hey you could put your stuff in here” approach, the Taipan Shock feels like a filing cabinet on your back – in the best possible way. There are several carefully segmented compartments both inside and outside and it takes care of everything you need for day trips, short business trips and casual day-to-day use.

There’s a padded space for a 15″ laptop, which I have believe is standard these days. The main compartment is pretty spacious for spare clothes, headphones or loose notebooks and there are two mesh compartments that are great for cables, chargers or headphones.

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There’s the booq-standard weather-proofing, with an exteriors designed to protect against the elements. The Taipan Shock is made from 1680D tri-weave polyester exterior fabric with water-repellent coating.I entrusted all kinds of valuables to my Taipan Shock and wasn’t let down once.

As with all booq bags, there are tonnes of little touches that make you go “oh that’s clever” like the tiny reflective logos on both shoulder straps and on the backpack (and reminded me of the reflective strip on the side of the Boa courier).

It’s extremely comfortable with padded shoulder straps, sternum straps and a padded back. I rammed the Taipan Shock to the brim and whilst a tad bulky it never felt uncomfortable and I was happy cycling across town with it.

The Taipan Shock is out now from booq