I'm looking for any reviews, opinions, thoughts, or observations about the new Xtracycle X2 bags versus the new Surly Dummy Bags.
I have a Big Dummy and am looking to upgrade from the original bags. I can't find any independent reviews of the two new bags and hardly any independent pics anywhere.
The Xtracycle X2 bags look well-designed, but in my experience Velcro loses it's ability to hold pretty quickly under hard use. It just wears out. So, that outer rain flap looks kind of weak. The inner flap, per their video, looks like it secures with Velcro and snaps. I dunno.
The Surly Dummy Bags also look good. But the rain flap fabric looks like it extends 4"-5" inches beyond the rear edge of the bags. Looks like an awkward design feature, not to mention that'll obscure the side view of my tail lights mounted on my Dummy Rails. The bags completely unfolded look sort of unwieldy. Though, they are a heavier fabric than the Xtracycle X2 bags, which is good. Replaceable wear points are good idea, too.
I'd appreciate if anyone can share any personal experience, opinions, or observations with either set of bags.