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Close your eyes for a second and imagine yourself in Banff, sometime around the second week of June or maybe even mid-Wales in May or October. You’ll notice that although there’s a multitude of makes and models and every type of bike present, at least 90% of them will have something in common, aside from the anxious looking operator … ‘soft luggage’. The benefits of ditching the rack and panniers have been widely discussed and should be pretty obvious to anyone who’s ever ridden anything rougher than the average tow-path. Soft luggage is light, virtually unbreakable, helps retain the bikes natural centre of gravity and doesn’t require any mounts … Still not convinced? Well, maybe Apidura will persuade you.

Overflow luggage elastics on bar and seatpack.


Apidura produce a pretty comprehensive range of luggage, all the usual areas are covered – frame, bars, seat and top tube all have bags designated to them and most are available in a couple of sizes, so it shouldn’t matter whether you’re a minimalist whippet just carrying the bare bones or a slack-packer needing room for a bag of chips and a 4 cans of Boddingtons.

The 3 bags here have a combined, maximum capacity of 45L … That might only be the size of the average walkers day sack but in bikepacking terms, that’s a lot of room. It’s divided like this – seatpack 17.5L, handlebar pack 20L and 7.5L in the handlebar accessory pack.

pre-attached fittings for the accessory pocket.


The seatpack fastens to the bike in the usual manner via the seatpost and saddle rails and has a roll-top closure. The barpack is of the open-ended tube variety, again with a roll-top closure at each end. It feature pre-attached fittings for the accessory pocket so the two mate neatly together … and importantly, are easy to separate.

All the packs are manufactured in industry standard XV21 but all feature Hypalon in high wear / high abrasion areas, which should hopefully mean less wear and a longer life (not you, just the bags). Depending on model, each bag also features a light mount, overflow luggage elastics or both.

Just how much room do you need?


The bags here have already been on their maiden voyage through the Welsh hills and so far are holding up well and working as anticipated … expect a full review in the next couple of weeks.

In case you’re wondering … the latin word for “bee” is Apidae and something built to last is durable, so APIDURA.

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