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Active Commute fitting instructions

This bag is a world first and is unlike any bag you’ve tried on before! It will feel different, but after a bit of getting used to and playing around with the adjustment, it should feel fantastic. Please watch this Fitting Instructions video and spend some time digesting our Hints and Tips before you get started.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m tall / short, will the still bag fit me?
  • I’m curvy, will the bag still fit me?
  • What is the bag’s capacity?
  • Is the bag waterproof?
  • Is this a Running or Cycling bag?
  • Why is it better to have weight on your hips?
  • Are there any other bags like this?
  • What security features are there?
  • Does the bag accommodate a hydration pack?
  • Can this bag be taken as hand luggage on a flight?
  • Do you sell any other bags?
  • How do I get in touch?
I’m tall / short, will the still bag fit me?

Our bag fits a wide range of shapes and sizes, whether you’re 5’0” or 6’3″. We made the Flexible Spine length fully adjustable with 3 macro-settings (short, medium and tall), which can then be fine-tuned through micro-adjustment to ensure the best fit. Plenty of length in the straps fits any body shape and strap tidies mean there’s no loose strap ends to worry about. We send a complete fitting guide when you receive the bag to ensure you get your perfect fit.


I’m curvy, will the bag still fit me?

We did considerable testing with women of all shapes and sizes and the consensus was that our harness was particularly comfortable with chestier women because the chest buckle sits on the sternum and there are no straps sitting on soft tissues. This was reported as superior to the vertical straps of traditional backpacks which place a lot of pressure directly over women’s’ chests, squashing them down, and can be very uncomfortable.

What is the bag’s capacity?

The bag’s capacity is 22 Litres. It contains a padded laptop sleeve which takes a 15” MacBook Pro, and has separate sections for work, a change of clothes and shoes. Plus, it has multiple internal and external pockets with clever features such as an easy-off key holder.

Is the bag waterproof?

Yes, the bag is 1500mm waterproof and made of tough, smart fabric with a TPU coating and fully waterproof zips.

Is this a Running or Cycling bag?

It is an Active Commute backpack, designed to enable you to run, cycle, walk to work with everything you need for the office (including a laptop) in total comfort. The bag has 2 settings; RUN mode and CYCLE mode which can be switched in a few seconds. Check out our ‘Features’ section or Fitting Instruction video for further information.

Why is it better to have weight on your hips?

The human body is actually designed to carry weight on your hips. Carrying weight on your shoulders forces the spine out of its natural S-curve shape so it cannot work as it was designed to. Our bags unload your spine and back, allowing better posture and reducing the risk of pain and injury to back and shoulders, both short-term and long-term.

Are there any other bags like this?

The Motionlab Active Commute is the first backpack in the world to take all the weight off your shoulders. Other bags also put load on the hips, but don’t cater for the wearer’s movements so, after 5 minutes of walking, the hip-belt gets pulled off the hips and all the weight is carried on your shoulders. Our flexible spine moves with your body, allowing complete freedom of movement and ensuring the hip-belt stays in place, centring the weight through your core, so loads feel considerably lighter.

What security features are there?

The bag contains multiple hidden pockets and anti-theft zip garages. The hydration pocket doubles up as a secure valuables pocket.

Does the bag accommodate a hydration pack?

Yes, there is a specially designed hydration pack pocket with elastic loops to hold the hydration tube in place whilst you run and/or cycle.

Can this bag be taken as hand luggage on a flight?

Yes, we have taken the bag as hand luggage on international flights without any problems. It also fits comfortably into the overhead storage shelf on trains, so you can keep the bag close to you if your commute includes a train journey. 

Do you sell any other bags?

We are currently only selling the Motionlab Active Commute bag. We do however have an exciting product development roadmap including a day-hike bag, ski bag and military bag. If you have any suggestions for new products or design improvements for our Active Commute bag, we’d love to hear from you at support@motionlab-bags.com

How do I get in touch?

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions about Motionlab and our Active Commute bag. You can reach us at support@motionlab-bags.com. We’d love to hear from you!



If you have any questions about your Motionlab Active Commute bag or need any help with setup, please feel free to get in touch. We’d also love to hear your feedback on our Fitting Instructions and how you have managed to set up the bag yourselves.

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