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Old 04-01-19, 08:51 AM
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Light weight seat pack? Not for touring.

Hi Guys,

My wife and I tour, and we use racks and panniers, but we also do some vacations, where we base ourselves at a village and do the climbs around. I need to carry tools, an extra jacket, food etc.

I currently use a Rixen Kaul backpack which attaches to the seat post with a clamp. Very convenient, but weighs in at over 1.5kgs empty. That's a lot when al my rides are climbs. Any suggestions for a ultralight seat pack that won't break the bank?

Also, does ones thighs rub against seat packs like they do sometimes with large saddle bags?

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I would recommend taking a look here. Bikepacking Seat Packs - BIKEPACKING.com I've used a Revelate Terrapin and a Bedrock. They're all good. Thigh rubbing is not be an issue. Pick a few you like the looks of and do some research. Prices can vary from $50 to $150. Carbon seat post? I would switch out for aluminum, and I would put a wrap of helicopter tape around where the pack attaches.
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Old 04-01-19, 10:23 AM
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I have an Xooter Cross rack (3rd hand) it can take a regular rear pannier too like Ortlieb's,
Ortlieb in particular, has an accessory back pack adapter to add converting the bag so carry is more comfortable




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A 5 liter Apidura racing seat pack is going to be 200 grams. Whether it breaks the bank or not is up to you.

https://www.apidura.com/shop/racing-saddle-pack/

They also make a Backcountry pack at 11 liters. It is somewhat heavier but less expensive.


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A 5 liter Apidura racing seat pack is going to be 200 grams. Whether it breaks the bank or not is up to you.

https://www.apidura.com/shop/racing-saddle-pack/

They also make a Backcountry pack at 11 liters. It is somewhat heavier but less expensive.


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Don't know whether to thank you or hate you. That stuff looks so great. Bit pricey though.

When I carry them on flight, would they fold flat in my check in baggage? also, having never used something like this, do your thighs rub against the bags?

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Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
Don't know whether to thank you or hate you. That stuff looks so great. Bit pricey though.

When I carry them on flight, would they fold flat in my check in baggage? also, having never used something like this, do your thighs rub against the bags?

I own the 14 liter Expedition seat pack and the inside of my thighs do occasionally rub. It is a concern and I won't be wearing expensive Rapha bibs when using it, that's for sure. I'm probably going to pick up some Kitsbow baggy shorts for bikepacking. I don't know if the racing saddle bag will rub.

They Expedition (waterproof) seat pack will not lie flat. The part near the seatpost is formed into a box shape and stiff. I'm not sure about the Backcountry (non-waterproof) or the Racing seatpacks but I suspect the same is true.

You can give them a call or send an email. They were very helpful the times I have emailed.


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Another consideration is a frame bag that just stays on the bike for shipping. In one you can store a pump, toolkit, snacks and a jacket and still have room for water bottle cages.

I use a Blackburn Outpost which is beefy but Apidura has a light weight version.
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even with British Saddle bags you can set them up to not touch your legs .. accessorize ..

https://www.carradice.co.uk/products...sport-original



As you are gram counting maybe something sewn from a gossamer like Syl nylon fabric can suit your discriminating needs ..




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REI has a Timbuk2 Sonoma bag on sale. It looks similar to the Apidura. Timbuk2 stuff is bulletproof, but I'm sure heavier than the Apidura. Its also around $50.00 or so.
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REI has a Timbuk2 Sonoma bag on sale. It looks similar to the Apidura. Timbuk2 stuff is bulletproof, but I'm sure heavier than the Apidura. Its also around $50.00 or so.
I have that seatbag. I quite like it for day trips gravel biking and put my pump, spare tube, gloves and jacket in there as well as snacks and phone. But it doesn't fold flat either.

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It's 30 dollars on Amazon if you get the red, but some reviews say that the bag sags. Also not that light, obviously when one sees the price.
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Ortlieb has a couple of nice bags. One has 49 to 165 cu. in, depending on size. The other, Seat Bag 2 has 160 to 410 cu. in. Both available at Westernbikeworks.com on sale $26 to $55
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Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
When I carry them on flight, would they fold flat in my check in baggage? also, having never used something like this, do your thighs rub against the bags?
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Shouldn't need to fold flat if it fits within your baggage. Just use it as a stuff sack, perhaps keeping its on-road contents packed. Saves packing and unpacking.
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Ortlieb seatpacks are the lightest I've seen. I use one sometimes for commuting. No thigh rub issues.
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