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Rated5out of5byBikin' in the 'BurghfromConvenient Storage TrunkI have had this trunk bag for about a year. I'm the designated "mule" for family rides so I often fit more than one jacket and a variety of snacks and a cable lock in this bag. It will tolerate a bit of overstuffing. The velcro straps are holding up well and the bag shows no signs of wear.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated4out of5byVAloflybyfromExactly what I neededAfter reading the reviews online, I went to the local REI to check it out in person. Was impressed with the design and the lightweight and figured I'd give it a try.
My intended use for this bag is for use on longer benefit-type rides (or training for them) rather than for use on daily commutes. (I have other gear that meets these requirements).
This bag is fine for carrying a couple of bananas, energy (or candy) bars, car keys, and the (very) light windbreaker.
There are a couple of annoyances with this bag - although they wouldn't prevent me from recommending (or repurchasing) this bag. First, the straps to connect the bag to the rack are a tad short for my rack. My rack is narrower than the bag, requiring a bit of extra strap length to go underneath. (Note - my rack is narrower than standard, so, take this as you will...) Second, there's no "forward" strap to prevent the bag from shifting fore/aft on the rack. Third, there are fine "ribbon" straps that prevent the lid/top from opening more than 90*... which, in my case is pointless b/c I can't open it more than about 75* due to seat interference. So those straps just get in the way of trying to zip it closed quickly (and sometimes jam the zipper). Snip, snip... "fixed".
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated5out of5byGeeks vs. WildfromSimple, lightwieght, easy to use trunkI'm a rare mountain biker in that I hate having anything like water on my back. Having a backpack is like doing a squat everytime I stand up on my bike, which is what you do all the time when mt. biking. I prefer to conserve my energy riding the trail, not doing squats. I also live in texas. It's crazy hot here, so I like my back to breath. So for all these reasons this bag is just what I was looking for.
It's light weight, easy to take on and off. It even works with my orlieb panniers (used for carring my prim camping gear) unlike other more expensive trunk bags. It can be used with almost any bike rack. It's also cheaper.
Other trunk bags have extra compartments, zippers and features that arn't needed and only add weight, bulk and cost. I like this trunks simplicity.
It's very durable. I've had mine for a year or more and it's taken a beating. It has no problem holding 5 pounds of water + snacks. I've even used it in the rain. For local rides, I will sometimes put my alite chair, a book, and snacks in the trunk.
The straps allow you to put it on your bike rack in different positions (more toward the front or back), this can be quite handy if you have other stuff to put on your bike rack.
With a bike rack for 40 bucks and this trunk it's a much less expensive storage system than a backpack (they are usually around $108 - $140).
Being centered at the rear of the bike does not interfere with my mountain biking. I notice it mostly when going up a steep hill. The weight in the back may actually aid in my not flipping over the handle bars while mt. biking.
If you want to get a bag off your back this is the way to go. Also on those rare occations where I have more gear to carry, well then I can also use a packpack, this trunk and my orliebs. I just love it.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated4out of5bySpecialEdfromPerforms as advertisedWanted a convenient place to carry drybag holding tools and first aid kit. Seems water resistant and things I carry can handle getting wet. Fits easily and securely. Holds red blinky light securely. Low profile allows seat post mounted light to be visible, also.
Date published: 2013-07-14
Rated5out of5bymike on bikefromPerfect for meExactly fits my need. Looks good (I think). Good quality. I use it on my Racktime rack. Seems weatherproof.
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated4out of5byBnB NicholsfromGood general purpose bagI have used this bag for more than 6 months. It is a good general purpose bag. Other users have mentioned problems with one hand operation but I have not experienced this problem. The bag is big enough to hold my portable pump, lock, bike tool, and a couple folded shopping bags. It is perfect for commuting to work or running to the supermarket. The Velcro attachment straps are strong and can easily be mounted on the top of my rack even with the panniers attached as well.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated2out of5byOutdoorsWomanfromDisappointed By UpdatesI bought this rack trunk as a gift for a family member because I am very happy with a Novara rack trunk I bought a few years ago. The new model is disappointly inferior to the older model. It has no pockets for stashing small items. The older model has convenient zippered pockets on the sides and top, so small items like keys and snacks are readily accessible. The older model also has unzippered pockets agaist the edges on the inside where you can stash tools, etc. The loss of these features makes the trunk much less pleasant to use.
Also, the way the rack trunk opens is inconvenient. The entire trunk, including the top, is made of a rigid material. To open the trunk, you have to open the entire zipper and raise the whole top. Forget about rolling back just an inch or two to grab your bike lock. Then, good luck closing it with one hand if you're using your other hand to hold the item you removed. The trunk has fabric straps inside that connect the top to the rest of the trunk. These straps love to stick out of the trunk and block the zipper if you don't take care to push them inside.
Sorry, REI. Newer is not better.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated1out of5byAbe the bikerfrom
Date published: 2012-12-11
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