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Old 03-18-13, 05:49 AM
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Alternatives to Carradice Camper Longflap saddle bag?

Carradice Camper Longflap saddle bag is considered in the same class as Brooks B17 saddle. I have not seen one , but wonder if there are similar saddle bags made from modern lighter but stronger material, with competitive price? I'd like to get one for light touring.
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Not that I have seen. There are similar bags out there but they are made from the same type of material. I suspect that people that want a bag like a Carradice don't particularly want the modern materials...I don't.

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There are lots of saddle bags/trunk bags out there. Have a browse through sites like Bike Nashbar, Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle, Torpedo 7, MEC, REI, etc. etc. to see if there's a style you like.


BTW - I have the Nelson Longflap and the Pendle, and like them both. I like their durability, in particular, among other things.
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https://www.revelatedesigns.com/

Though I've been considering them for a long time, I don't own either of the saddle bags. I own the Gas Tank and I love it on my MTB. It also works great on my touring bike in place of a handlebar bag.
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Thanks for all helpful comments.
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Had a Karrimor saddle bag out of those Lighter materials, those being Nylon , Synthetic fibers ,
... in the sun, after years, the fabric tears easily as the UV degrades, breaks down,
the polymer chains in the chemistry, of the nylon itself.

for your superlight touring, how about a stuffsack, instead? same volume .
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Dill Pickle Gear.

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Carradice canvas is not so heavy and their construction methods are good, no heavyweight boards etc.
Given how people over-stuff saddlebags, the durable canvas is just the right material for the job, it holds it shape well and doesn't flap around in the wind when empty.
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Not sure if they are lighter but Swift Industries makes great bags, I have the trunk bag and really like it. I had some custom work done for a small upcharge...the addition of d rings so I could carry the bag with a strap. Everything stays dry and the bag has a large capacity. They are also handmade by a great small cottage business.https://builtbyswift.com/
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https://www.zimbalenorthamerica.com/Z...g_p/ztts-7.htm
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Thanks every enlightener. I guess I 'll buy the proven Carradice Camper Longflap saddle bag.

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Thanks every enlighteners. I guess I 'll buy the proven Carradice Camper Longflap saddle bag.
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I'm partial to Zimbale bags. Very similar to the Carradice, but I prefer the styling of the Zimbale. I do have a Carradice Cape Roll mounted on top of my Zimbale though. Until a recent saddle change it was riding on a Carradice quick release bag support as well.
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+1 on the Carradice QR bag support. Another satisfied customer here, I believe I have a Camper longflap. In my experience the cotton duck is good and durable material for this purpose.

The bag is also quite possibly the only bike related item that has ever received a spontaneus, unreserved "That's nice!" from my spouse. Pretty much every other piece of bike gear gets a "dork" or "fred" or "you paid WHAT for that?"
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