Originally Posted by Pro_Marinero
As a former 365-day commuter with an 80-mile round trip I would say hard bags are a must!
I commute farther than you and I never take hard bags on the commute anymore. There was a time I did it with a top case. Wouldn't do it with side cases if I could help it.
I expect the need for storage if any has more to do with the logistics at work and what you do between work and home than with the commute distance.