Rapha continues to expand their on-the-bike portage offerings, with the latest addition being their Bar Bag. It comes in three colors, olive, tan, and black, has reflective hits, and a fully waterproof closure. The Bar Bag retails for $65 and is in stock now at Rapha.
We’re here in Santa Fe this week, overwhelming our olfactory system, riding bikes, eating plenty of food, and visiting bike shops. Yesterday I swung by to see our new friends at Broken Spoke, where I came across this unique handlebar bag called the Endover. Made by Tribulus Limited, this ultralight bag utilizes a series of cinch straps to carry your bikepacking load in a very unique manner.
Julia, Ty from Golden Saddle‘s partner, has these Shimano SPD cycling boots that Ty has always loved. He pinged High Above to make a matching fanny pack for Golden Saddle Cyclery. While these are an in-store only purchase, you might be able to email Jimmy and beg for him to sell you one. So why am I posting this? Because it came out so amazing!
While visiting the midwest in a cover of snow might not seem like the most fun, I was able to take a load off and warm up inside of Cedaero this past February. You remember Cedaero right? They made some waves a while back with Kid’s trout-themed Salsa Blackborow.
Handlebar bags these days are rather ubiquitous, yet from time to time something new comes on the market that piques my interest. Andrew the Maker’s new Granny’s Pantry bar bag is a semi-rigid bag, utilizing an aluminum brace that is clamped to the bars – 31.8mm only – to keep it stable on rowdy descents. The Granny’s Pantry has a drop in camera insert, a rando-style bag closure system and has a plastic liner to stiffen the body. The use of ABS plastics in bikepacking, touring, and other bags has been a huge benefit for me over the years, as I tend to crush bags accidentally, ruining their profile. The Granny’s Pantry has a lot of clever details and is available for a limited pre-order for $125 now at Andrew the Maker.
The McKenzie is a durable and fully waterproof handlebar bag made by Watershed Bags in the USA. Its waterproof closure and lack of outside mounting hardware provide an durable alternative to traditional bar packs which will almost always rattle loose. In addition, the abrasion-resistant fabric withstands whatever you throw at it, including spills, while keeping everything dry and worry-free. You can even pack your camera equipment in it with the Watershed Bags Ocoee liner and dividers. the McKenzie comes in sage (pictured), coyote, and black, and can be custom made with a purge valve.
Dimensions Rolled: 9″ Height x 16″ Width x 7.25″ Depth
Capacity Rolled 640 cu in (10.5L)
Closure Type ZipDry®
Opening Size 13 in
Weight 1.5 lbs
In stock now at Watershed Bags for $130.
Any brand that can have fun, especially in a borderline self-deprecating manner like this, gets an a-ok in my book. Luckily, Oveja Negra‘s bags rule as much as this video!
PedalEd has launched a limited edition pack featuring their bikepacking bags and various apparel designed for bikepacking and touring in Coral red. Included in the drop is their Cluster saddle pack, Internode half frame bag, Node snack pack, and Tendril handlebar bag. Head to PedalEd to see the entire drop.
Porcelain Rocket has redesigned the Nigel Handlebar Bag. This redesign aims to distill the design elements that made the original Nigel unique and practical, into a much simpler, sleeker package. The new Nigel is smaller, which will allow for use on a larger variety of bikes. However, at 4.5L, it is still larger than typical burrito-style bar bags. Its wide opening and one-handed bungee closure make for extremely easy access on the bike.
The whole thing has been made much sturdier, with Voilé Nano Straps main straps, a semi-rigid back plate, and a removable EVA foam “bed liner” in the base. Also included are die-cut foam spacers, so that people can space the bag out for clearance for their hands on the tops, or for cables/hoses.
By paring down the design Porcelain Rocket is now able to sell the Nigel for $150CAD / US$115. They’re in stock now at Porcelain Rocket.
Panniers can be an interesting pickle for bag designers. With so many racks out on the market, being flexible in terms of mounting is of the utmost importance. With their new Microwave Panniers, they have solved that problem, creating a cradle pannier which holds onto individual dry bags. The system itself is secure, adaptable, modular, and practical, as all panniers should be. Check out their mounting instructions, and rack fitment for answers to your questions before heading to Porcelain Rocket to check them out!
To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, EVOK invited Danny MacAskill to check out their archives and to test out their new EVOC NEO 16l pack, which is dropping in April.
After last year’s successful collaboration with Colorado-based Topo Designs on their handlebar bag, All-City designed a new model to compliment this year’s colorations. These bags are made in Colorado from durable materials with a waterproof liner, oversized waterproof YKK zippers, velcro attachments, and it includes a removable shoulder strap for off-the-bike usage. Head to All-City for more details and head over to your local dealer to check one out!
The Crust Bikes Evasion is a production bike that set the bar for versatility in a production bike made overseas. Previously, this sort of frame was only tapped into by small, one-off framebuilding outfits, which can run a pretty penny and have long wait times. Wanting to address this market with affordable options, Matt from Crust Bikes has built his brand off of supporting the niche cycling world’s demands. Only thing is, what was once a small niche is now a substantial portion of the market’s interest and Crust Bikes has grown with it.
Take the Evasion for instance. A do-it-all dirt tourer, designed for the 26+ platform, but will also roll just as smooth on 27.5″ wheels and tires. As Matt from Crust describes the Evasion: “It’s a randonneur bike on steroids, “The Satanic Rando” if you will. Comfortable for the long haul, but fast and nimble, while still being ready for some pretty technical/rough riding; if that’s what the route throws your way.”
What a genius copywriter!
Hanson’s Evasion is raw steel, with a few coats of spraypaint clear, 27.5″ wheels, a 1x drivetrain, and loaded with his brand’s, Dark Realm, prototype bags. How else can you tell if your bags really work without putting them to the test? He races XC MTB races in Austin on this bike, does tours, dirt road rides, trail ripping, and straight up rips the rocky trails of Austin’s Greenbelt on this beast. An ex-pro BMX’r maybe he just feels more comfortable on a rigid bike?
As for the Dark Realm bags, keep an eye on their Webshop for new product drops, or hit him up on IG if you have a request.
I’ve been using one of the new Outer Shell Mini Saddle Bags and I have to say, it does what it’s supposed to do in a nice and tight package that doesn’t rub on your thighs. Best of all, it’s made by Outer Shell! Head over to Outer Shell see more information.
Rogue Panda, makers of burly, lightweight bikepacking bags in Arizona, just launched their new website, making it easier to order custom and universal fitting bags for your next trip. They have many designs in stock and ready to ship as well as forms to get your custom bag made with ease, including their state flag designs.
Bikepacking Bags Made in Arizona at Rogue Panda
Photos and words by Locke Hassett
A small, unassuming garage accessed from a residential alley in Flagstaff houses one of the world’s best bikepacking bag makers: Rogue Panda Designs. The folks here pride themselves on thoughtful design, innovation, and blending function and form seamlessly. I visited RP on my way back from Utah to get a prototype bolt-on frame bag, chat with the makers, and snap some photos of the shop.
Every single time Acorn Bags posts a batch of bags, they sell out immediately, so I never get a chance to post them. Well, there’s a re-up now, unfortunately all that’s available is this saddle bag. Head to Acorn to see their full lineup because, hey, it’s been a while since we’ve posted their bags!
A bar bag that turns into a fanny pack or vice versa. The Fabio’s Fanny Pack is a bag for sharp shooters. A photo bag that allows for easy access and can expand to carry even more! This pack is on pre-order now, with an April 2nd delivery from Swift Industries over at Ultra Romance’s Web Shop!