|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.