Modern mountain bikes are worlds different than their predecessors from even ten years ago. Even hardtails are pursuing the longer, slacker, lower approach to geometry. This means bikepacking bags need to be updated. Apidura has taken their Backcountry frame bags and updated them to fit modern hardtails better. They didn’t stop there however, these bags are completely redesigned with new compartments, improved details, 2.5, 4, 6L sizes, and more. Head to Apidura to see all the updated bags in the MTB lineup.
North Carolina-based Kitsbow has collaborated with Seattle bag makers Swift Industries on a capsule collection using US-made Pendleton Wool. The collab features a new Anchor Hip Pack by Swift, with hits of wool, and a matching Icon Shirt button-snap shirt made by Kitsbow in NC. With cooler temps here, shedding layers is key, and the Anchor Hip Bag features a flap to hold your jackets, as well as the ability to use a Sidekick to hold a bottle.
See the full drop at Swift Industries!
When it comes to ultra-endurance races, having everything you need within arm’s reach is of the utmost importance. Apidura has a pedigree for making bikepacking bags that are sleek and functional and today’s announcement of the Racing Long Top Tube Pack embodies those ideologies. These 2L packs stretch from stem to seatpost, offering a slim but spacious pack for snacks and other essential devices. Head to Apidura to see more.
The Pronghorn is Revelate’s ultralight, race-ready handlebar pack, for all minimalist tourers and bikepackers. It recently received an update, with an all-new material, Stratex 400, that’s lighter and more rip-resistant.
-Internal fiberglass stay provides a stable, lightweight mounting platform
-Dual cam locking straps integrated into handlebar mount secure your load
-Cam locking head tube strap with EVA foam spacer
-Removable spacer blocks to allow you to adjust for brake lever clearance
-Includes pocket clips to allow the addition of a front pocket
-Waterproof drybag built from Revelate’s new UHMWPE based fabric, Stratex 400
-Stratex 400 fabric is 60% UHMWPE woven fibers by weight
-Waterproof drybag constructed from Stratex 400 is more abraision resistant than other leading -lightweight fabrics
-Made in USA with domestic and imported materials
see more at Revelate.
Ron’s Bikes recently moved the production of the popular Fab’s Chest to Connecticut where they are being made from entirely East Coast materials. While the size small (pictured) sold out faster than we could write this post, the size large Fab’s Chest is in stock. Head to Rons Bikes to see these new bags in detail, read more about them, and if you’re looking for a new bag for your touring bike, place an order for the best in the biz at Ron’s Bikes.
Just announced on their Instagram account, UK bag makers Wizard Works debuted two bags, built from reflective material with high-visibility blaze orange hits. The lil Presto! barrel bag offers enough space for snacks, layers, or a small camera and the Teeny Houdini saddle pack will hold a spare tube, levers, and a small multitool. Both bags are made in the UK and offer up additional visibility for the dark winter months ahead.
We’ve seen dozens, if not hundreds of adaptive reuse of Thomson’s bags. For those unfamiliar, Thomson ships their stems and seat posts in these durable bags, of which people have made them into various bicycle portage offerings over the years. Blue Lug Hatagaya just upped the ante with these bags, as a part of their celebratory Thomson Day.
The Blue Lug Blog has a bunch of fun photos showcasing their use. These bags will be on sale at the three Blue Lug stores on Saturday, October 10th and the online store will be stocked Monday night, October 13th if any are leftover.
Head to Blue Lug for more!
Restrap, the UK-based cycling portage company, has just updated their custom frame bags. Their full-frame bag comes standard with one (right side/drive side) large compartment with an internal velcro divider (optional) and a long slender document pocket (left side/non-drive side). Each bag is made with YKK zips, textured nylon outer, and VX21 fabrics. Included in all sizes is a slot for camelback/dynamo positioned on the top of the bag. Each bag is finished with Restrap’s classic label (PU leather/vegan-friendly).
Check out this video for all the details on how to submit an order and see more information at Restrap.
-One large main compartment with optional internal velcro divider (right side/drive side).
(optional) longer slender document pocket (left side/non-drive side).
– YKK zips, textured nylon outer and VX21 fabrics.
– Tough, durable and versatile design.
– Slot for camelback/dynamo positioned on the top of the bag.
– Finished with our classic label (PU leather/vegan-friendly).
– Choice of colours – black, grey, olive, navy and digital camouflage.
Small: £74.99, €84.99, $99.99
Medium: £94.99, €109.99, $129.99
Large: £109.99, €124.99, $149.99
I have an addiction to hip bags and love seeing all the offerings being made across the globe. For those wanting to buy local in Canada, HMPL has the “6 Pack”, a fanny pack made from VX21 Xpac/1000d Cordura with a hook/loop closure and available in a variety of colors. These are in stock for $160 at HMPL.ca
-VX21 Xpac/1000d Cordura
-Adjustable Waist Belt
-Interior Stash Pocket
-External Zipper Access
Full Open Height: 13″
Full Closed Height: 5.5″
The RMU MTB Cargo Collection features a series of nifty bags and accessories. The brand began as a skiing company, which brought them to towns also famous for exceptional mountain biking. Then, five years ago they began to design the collection you see today. This drop includes a 5L hip pack, a truck tailgate cooler/pad, and a MTB utility belt. Their whole lineup is seeking funding at IndieGoGo, so head on over to see more information and back this line.
It’s not every day we see a new handlebar bag design that causes pause. The Route Werks Handlebar bag is live on Kickstarter and it has a bunch of neat features, which you can find out all about by watching this video and heading over to their Kickstarter…
Inside Line Equipment, or ILE for short, makes one of my personal favorite camera bags, and just today they announced it has been updated! The Photo Bag Mini is designed to haul your full-frame camera with a 24-70mm lens, along with a few extra pockets for filters, SD cards, and other accessories. Seriously, this camera bag has traveled the world with me, and is my go-to favorite for city bike photo rides and hikes alike. New for this model is an upgraded COBRA buckle option as well to really up the resilience factor.
The ILE Photo Bag Mini comes in a variety of colors and is in stock now. I just bought one and can’t wait to see these updates in person!
The Pandemic has left people with a lot of free time to pursue new hobbies. How many of your friends became sourdough bakers, xeriscapers, or home improvement gurus with all their newfound time at home? Eric Puckett is a long-time friend who always had sewing skills but once he was forced to work at home and couldn’t spend as much of his time outdoors, he began making bags for cycling, rock climbing, and more. Recently, he made this hobby into a side hustle called Farewell Bags. I caught up with Eric last week to shoot his new bags on his own Salsa Timberjack, so check out more below…
Bikepacking gear has evolved so much over the last couple of years and I’m always excited to see brands expand on products and concepts that are proven to work and also step up to create solutions to carrying gear on bikes in innovative ways. Utilizing 100% the waterproof and durable construction they are known for, Ortlieb just released updates to their classic bikepacking line and also added some interesting new products. In advance of the products becoming available this week, Ortleib sent me a handful of bags from their new and revamped bikepacking lineup. I’ve been using them on my Kona Sutra, fairly full and weighted, around my local singletrack to provide some initial insights and detailed photos of some of the new aspects.
In 2016, Salsa launched its EXP Cradle and bag design, offering up production bags previously only offered through smaller shops and manufacturers. This was a huge step in progressing the availability of bikepacking and bicycle touring accessories. Four years later, they just announced a series of updates, with a top-loading dry bag design and a refreshed side-loading dry bag, both of which utilize a new purge valve and lash attachments. Included in this update is a robust EXP front pouch with zippered access which can also act as a stand-alone bag for your gravel or MTB.
The whole system can convert just about any bike to a more capable tourer and these updates come at a time when we’re all pining for some time away from home on our bikes. Check out the full range at Salsa today and head to your local dealer for ordering.
At just 25 g, this musette packs away small enough and light enough to only matter when you need it. Unlike the cotton bags you’d get as handouts at bike races, these musettes are made from ultra-strong Silnylon. They’re big enough to haul a dinner’s worth of groceries, water bottles, or pastries for a picnic. The musette bag packs so small that you can bring it on every ride. You won’t even notice it in your jersey pocket or strapped to your saddle bag.
Size: 11” x 13”
In stock now at René Herse.
The PTAP Designs Chonker is the perfect accessory for both your daily commute and your next bikepacking adventure. Influenced by classic English saddlebag design, the Chonker has added some new modern flourishes to work well for rack-less bicycle touring. The inspiration for its name comes from our resident chonky boi pupper Bodie.
-Tapered side pockets that fold down flat when not in use
-Semi-rigid and removable HDPE liner to help keep shape whether empty or full
-Voile Nano straps and birch dowel for excellent mounting support
-Interior Dimensions 12”x7”x7”
-Fully enclosed design for maximum water resistance
There are five total color options in case the floral is too flashy for your liking.
When using rack-less as a front bag, please allow for a minimum of 9.5” clearance from the top of your handlebars to the tire. We recommend using a saddlebag support rack and a saddle that has saddle loops if you will be mounting it in the rear. The exterior of the bag measures roughly 14.5” wide (at its widest point) so make sure you have ample room if using drop bars
Retail is $170.00 with the pre-order live now, 8/24/2020 – 9/8/2020. Orders will be shipped mid to late September
Announced yesterday, but with our review of the Revelate Hopper, we decided to space it out a bit, Ibis has developed a direct-mount frame bag for select sizes of their Ripley, Ripmo, and Ripmo AF models. This bag utilizes a plastic free-floating bracket to mount directly to your frame. Check out this install video and see more at Ibis.