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The AlpKit Koala seatpack has been eagerly anticipated for quite a while … the prototypes were on display at this years WRT at the end of May.

A few weeks ago I got my hands on a ‘Rough cut’ pre-production Koala and last week took it on a 100 mile ride to the BNO in the Peak District and back again. Rather than write a review, I think it’ll be much more useful if I try to answer some questions that people asked over the weekend.

Not king of the swingers.

How much can you get in it?

A surprising amount. I’m not sure what the actual rated capacity is but at times it held the following: cooking kit (mug, stove, windshield) – tarp – bivvy bag – waterproof jacket – OMM 6L bum bag- 1 packet of Tesco corned beef (4 slices) – 4 mini pork pies (Melton Mowbray) – 6 mini tortilla wraps – arm warmers – emergency kit.


Is it waterproof?

I shouldn’t think so. While Xpac is waterproof the seams aren’t sealed so will always offer water a way in. However, I must say that while I didn’t suffer any biblical downpours, it did rain and nothing inside got wet.

So much room for savoury meat snacks.

Does it move about much?

I have to answer this with a yes and no but I’ll try and explain. With minimal kit inside then there’s virtually no movement. Once I’d stuffed it full (and maybe even overfilled it) I could wobble it about from side to side a bit BUT and this is a very important but … I couldn’t detect any movement at all when I was riding, which is what really matters.

Is it easy to fit?

It is, there’s two straps that fit around the seatpost with cam buckles and two separate straps that fit over the saddle rails and clip to straps sewn onto the base of the bag. 


Don’t get too close, it might swallow you!


Do your legs catch it?

No, as with just about every seatpack, the main body tapers towards the front so it’s narrower where your legs are.

Could it be improved?

That’s difficult, everyone will have different criteria and expectations. The only things I could think off that MIGHT make it better for ME would be (a) the addition of some kind of loop underneath that I could clip a rear light to and (b) some shockcord loops over the top for overflow storage, like a jacket … I have to say I don’t really think that’s feasible though, given the variable size.

The full production version should be available shortly – AlpKit

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