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Blackburn frame bags vs revelate designs?

Old 09-11-16, 04:56 PM
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Blackburn frame bags vs revelate designs?

I have 1 gravel bike with a revelate designs Tangle bag on it and it is superb quality IMHO. I have another gravel bike that I am wanting to outfit and I am on more of a budget than I was when I bought the other bag earlier this year. I am basically down to Revelate Designs and Blackburn Outpost. I am leaning heavily towards the Blackburn as it is half the price of the Revelate Designs. But if half the price is going to get me cheap flimsy garbage I will spend more. Can anyone tell me if the Blackburn Outpost bag is a heavy duty well made bag or should I spend more? FWIW The bag will be going on a 2014 Soma Bside V3 large frame. The geometry is linked below and I attached an image of this frame. I am nervous about fitting this frame due to the narrow sweep of the downtube before it attaches to the headtube. I am concerned the front of the bag will not squeeze into that tight space and that the front strap may not be long enough to reach.
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What is going into this bag when you do these gravel rides? As I bought dark speed works speedpak 480 to hold extra gels/sport beans/neosporin and gatorade single mix. I also use topeak survival saddle bag to hold my tools, tube, and patch kit.
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What is going into this bag when you do these gravel rides? As I bought dark speed works speedpak 480 to hold extra gels/sport beans/neosporin and gatorade single mix. I also use topeak survival saddle bag to hold my tools, tube, and patch kit.
I got my bag the other night and honestly I'm not going to complain about the quality. Now if I'm comparing it to my revelate bag on my other bike I would say the Revelate bag is definitely better constructed. But this bag is definitely not extremely cheap. The only thing I'm disappointed about is that it doesn't seem like there's much capacity inside. But that could be the case with all mountain bike frame bags as this is the first one I've ever looked at. This is just going to hold basic necessities maybe my water bladder as well.

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