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Best running backpack for commuting

The Alpha backpack is designed for active commuters, runners and cyclists. Every feature has been carefully considered to guarantee maximum comfort and performance, from the padded back panel to its breathable mesh material. The ergonomic design also means it doesn’t bounce when running; ensuring your laptop, clothes and belongings stay safely stored as you go.

Innovative materials

Not bothered by the weather? Neither is the Alpha, made using 500d nylon coated in our signature 3-way shield finish that protects your bag against sweat, odour and rain. It’s water resistant, super lightweight and durable, ready for anything that life throws at it – whether that be a heatwave, storm or giant puddle.

Water proof backpack

Combining tech and style

Combining tech and style

What it brings in practicalities, the Alpha matches in office style. A hide-away strap system means this commuter backpack can transform from a technical sports rucksack to a sleek work bag – ready for impressing the boss and carrying the after-work drinks. Keep your business attire crease-free in an included garment box and head from the gym to the boardroom in one flawless stride.

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What is the difference between Stolt Alpha and Stolt Podium?

Stolt Alpha is our original cyclists and runners backpack for commuting with a capacity of 20 litres (25 litres when using the expandable compartment). Stolt Podium is a smaller version of Alpha (10 litre capacity expanding to 13 litres) with some additional features such as our ‘3 way carry’ meaning that the bag can be carried as a backpack, briefcase or a shoulder bag.

Where Alpha serves you even on an overnight business trip, Podium is classified more as a day pack that fits your daily essentials. Our garment box is also designed for Stolt Alpha to carry more clothes, whereas Stolt Podium has an internal built-in sleeve to fit a shirt and trousers. Please note that the garment box doesn’t fit inside Stolt Podium.

What is the difference between the Alpha backpack and Alpha C backpack?

All Alpha commuter backpacks have the same ergonomic design with a few differences to suit your individual style. The original Alpha rucksack uses a super durable, light-weight material – perfect for cyclists and runners. It also comes with a top handle and hideaway backpack straps.

The Alpha C has an additional side handle for carrying as a suitcase or shoulder bag. It’s also made of a tougher 1680D ballistic nylon which makes it slightly sturdier than the original Alpha.

What makes the Alpha the best commuter backpack for running and cycling?

Stolt cycling and running backpacks for commuting are the perfect combination of a practical sport bag and smart business accessory. Designed by a team of active commuters, we’ve added every essential feature you need to navigate the city without compromising on style.

The Alpha is a light-weight, comfortable backpack with padded mesh panels and shoulder straps. It won’t budge whilst you move – and neither will your clothes, snugly stored in a separate garment box to keep them wrinkle-free. The addition of a padded laptop compartment and our innovative water and sweat repellent material really does make this the best running commuter backpack.

How long does shipping take?

Most deliveries within the UK take no more than 3 days. Outside the UK deliveries normally take around 7-10 days.

How much does shipping cost?

We offer free delivery on all UK orders and free delivery on all international orders over £100.

What is your return policy?

Items should be returned within 90 days of their delivery date and in their original packaging. Please see our Returns and Refunds page.

How do I return a product?

Please email us at for a return address and label.

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    Alpha C Business SetAlpha Business SetPodium Business Set
    Weight1.4kg / 3.1lbs1.2kg / 2.6lbs1kg / 2.2lbs
    Material1680D Ballistic Nylon500D Nylon500D Nylon
    Side handle
    Electronics  OrganisationSeparate compartment with padded laptop sleeve and multiple pocketsSeparate compartment with padded laptop sleeve and multiple pocketsPadded laptop sleeve &  easy access pocket
    Garment packingSeparate Garment boxSeparate Garment boxIn-built Garment Sleeve
    Expandable pocket
    Hide-away straps
    Carry optionsBackpack (business & sports mode),  top-handle, briefcaseBackpack (business & sports mode),  top-handleBackpack (business & sports mode),  top-handle, briefcase, over the shoulder

    NEW Alpha design with a super tough, rugged material and a side handle perfect to cycle or walk to the office and overnight business tripsORIGINAL Alpha design with a super durable, yet light-weight material designed for runners and cyclists as well as business travellersPODIUM design is half the size of Alpha making it the perfect day pack for those looking to pack light and run for longer distances



    We offer free UK and international shipping with our trusted and efficient delivery partners.


    Our bags are made to last. We offer a comprehensive 2 year warranty on all our products.


    Not the right fit? No problem! We provide easy, hassle-free returns within 90 days of purchase.

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