Oct 6, 20163354 views

Bikepacking bags?

Is anyone else interested in a drop for bikepacking bags? I'm thinking about something like the Revelate Designs Terrapin or Viscacha:
Or maybe the Bedrock Coconino:
Enough for a really lightweight setup.
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Apidura's 17L Backcountry Saddle Pack.
I went with Apidura's Backcountry system on my Salsa Vaya. I got greater volume to weight than the competition. Used it for 6 days on the GAP and it all worked great. The seat bag is the 17L Backcountry Saddle Pack
I absolutely am interested and in the market for a full set right now. Especially a rear Dropper Post compatable bag.
I just bought the Revelate Designs Sweetroll (Large), Ripio (I bought a large for my 61cm Motobecane PhantomCross frame), and Terrepin for a bike trip I went on in VT and was really happy with the performance of all three of them.

I loved the Terrepin's air valve for compressing it even more after rolled. It really let's you squeeze things down to a manageable size depending on what you have packed (I had my clothes, quilt, flipflops, and pillow in it). The Ripio fit perfectly in my frame and held the heaviest stuff with no fuss (tools, spare parts, pump, first aid kit, snacks, small camp chair, etc.). It seemed sturdily constructed with nice big zippers for easy access while on the move.

I wasn't a huge fan of the design of the Sweetroll and how it needs to be removed entirely from the handlebars to stuff it if you are using drops, but it was still able to hold my hammock, rainfly, and sleeping pad with no issue, and it's pretty easy to get mounted once you know what you're doing. It would have been nice for the double ended bag of the Sweetroll to be detachable from the harness, but Revelate makes a separate harness and dry bag that can. I guess I maybe didn't make an informed purchase, but I still don't really see a reason to construct the handlebar roll permanently attached to the harness.

All three seemed to be decently waterproof (a day of riding in on and off rain as testament), but I think the Terrepin and Sweetroll were the most "proof" where I think the Ripio was more "resistant". As long as you pack accordingly, you can keep the important stuff dry. The Sweetroll and Terrepin also had shock cords and webbing loops for additional storage which was nice to have. Everything stayed in place well with little to no shifting, jostling, or bouncing, and even with no rail system on the Terrepin, I didn't notice any sway as I rode though YMMV (I used flipflops to help reinforce the saddlebag).

Overall I was very pleased with how well the three bags fit all of my gear. I may have slightly overpacked as I was carrying a packpack with water and a couple other essentials and I would like to eventually not have to carry it, but I think that'll come with more experience. For being my first bikepacking trip, I think I had everything I needed and very little I didn't. I really can't wait for the next one. I think I'm hooked!
I have been thinking abou getting some of these, so, yes...
I would be interested.
Honestly we should have an entire Bike section. Of course my wife would divorce me pretty quickly and I would be completely broke. but hey can't be superman every day.
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do agree!
Yes! Maybe a number of bags: frame bag, handlebar bag, mountain feedbag, and possibly gas tank & jerrycan.
Apidura, Revelate, Ortlieb, Arkiel (Bikepacking 15L saddle back with a quick release rack attachment)... Just looking at the saddle bags, each of these compagnies have something "unique" they offer in term of attachment and / or waterproofing. Would be great to mix it all up somehow if a collab with Massdrop was possible. If not, The possibility of a "simple" drop from one of these brands would be awesome.
Terrapin yes!
Would be down with the Revelate.
Would also be in favour of Apidura
Revelate or ortlieb
Definitely, for stock bags Revelate would probably be the best bet though I prefer Bedrock Bags.
Revelate bags are super awesome.
yes
yes
Revelate Designs please
Ortlieb wins.