I retired my last saddlebag, which I couldn’t properly fit to my new Brooks Saddle as the rails are too far apart. I looked for a while for a clip in type bag but couldn’t find one that would fit and ended up going with a snap and velcro straps.
Below is the manufacturer’s spiel on their saddlebag, followed by my thoughts on it.
An oversized saddlebag for extra large adventures. Two side opening panels provide huge access to all your gear and feature inner wmesh pockets to keep items like keys and small tools secure hile riding. Rear zippered panel allow the main compartment to expand providing even more storage when needed. An excellent bag for suspension bikes, folding bikes, endurance racers, randonnée, century / charity events, day touring or for cyclists who like to carry extra gear.
|Attachments||QuickClick™ (F25) w/Seatpost Strap|
|Capacity||2 L / 120 ci|
|Material||1200 Denier Polyester|
|Added Features||3M™ Reflective Strip
Safety Light Clip* 3M™ is a registered trademark of 3M Company.
|Seatpost Diameter||Fits ø25.4 – ø34.9 mm|
|Size (L x W x H)||32 x 13 x 16 cm
12.6” x 5.1” x 6.3”
|Weight||282 g / 9.93 oz|
And now my turn:
I find that Topeak items as a rule offer lots of features, a usually thought out design and most often are realistically priced and compare to high end products that often offer little advantage other than a name and subsequent price tag. I’ll admit it I’m a fan of Topeak stuff.
The bag has one large, main compartment that is accessible through the left side panel, this panel also has a mesh pocket for small items and is lined with yellow plastic which helps you see what items are in there. The right side panel is a separated from the left side by a interior wall, but has a smaller pocket for carrying tools, there are three elastic straps to hold tools in vertical position, I use this compartment for easy to reach or quick to get items. The rear zipper is for an expanding panel that adds extra storage room to the main compartment but no access to the main compartment. All the compartments are secured by zippers.
Typical for most bags there is an attachment (by which I mean a cloth tab) for a rear light that should work with any light that has a clip, but for a touring rig, that just means another battery or charger to carry, I don’t use it as my rear light runs off a dynamo. The light mount is just above the expanding panel, so using the expansion shouldn’t alter the position of the light.
The bag appears to be reasonably waterproof except for the side panels, which are just water resistant, but there should be no problem with tire splash even without mudguards. The side panels should withstand small amounts of water but will probably not hold up to riding in the rain for any length of time. However, as there is no rain cover so I would not trust it for things that shouldn’t get wet since the zippers are not waterproof. I wrap my tools in cloth and plastic bags anyway to stop the rattling and rust. As stated earlier, the inside is covered in yellow plastic material, but don’t rely on this keeping your stuff dry, as it’s been puncture with by a sewing needle and will wick water in given time.
The saddlebag is long. You will need a lot of seatpost real estate to attach the bag, although its top and bottom are rounded and the bag will bend a little. It attaches to the post with two Velcro straps and two adjustable snaps on the top which suits a Brooks saddle well, so all up there are four attachment points.
The main compartment goes all the way up to the top of the bag and it’s kind of a pain in the bum to squeeze things in and then take them out without having to almost empty the bag, but as it’s mostly for emergency type situations. However, it’s convenient for carrying things that you may or may not need such a raincoat, saddle cover or tubes. I would rather have these items with me than left at home, so it’s not really ideal for everyday use.
All in All, I’m a satisfied customer and would recommend the Mondopack XL. Also bought their Handlebar bag, but that’s for another review.