just what I think I need
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: small
I got this after my first bikepacking trip, where I realized I needed a way to get to things quickly and easily without stopping and taking off my camelbak to get things.
I haven't bikepacked with this yet but It seems like it will fit the bill. I got the smallest one they make because it's only going to carry my phone, chapstik, maybe a rain shell, snacks. It's plenty big enough for all that, plus it has a clear window on top for a map or phone that you can see while riding. It opens with a magnet closer toward you when riding, and that seems very well thought out. It also locks.
It was easy to install, I have a carbon fiber handlebar and it attaches with a cord that you pull tight. They say not to put it on carbon fiber but I just wrapped some waterproof electric tape on the bars where the cord goes, and honestly, I can't see where there will be any trouble at all. This is a mountain bike so these handlebars have seen some rough treatment and been just fine.
I'm looking forward to trying it out on a trip, but I'm fairly confident it'll be just what I needed.