Reviews of Arkel TailRider Trunk Bag Black

Arkel

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StarStarStarStarStar First Class Bag

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat low

Pros

Very heavy duty.
Great pockets.
Great material.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar My favorite bag

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Easy Velcro install, spacious and expandable, built in rain cover, inside and outside pockets

Cons

Don't have any

Other Thoughts

I have 4 trunk bags and the Arkel is now the only one I use. Great product!

StarStarStarStarStar Great capacity

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Good construction and organization. Enough room to carry everything I need for 400k brevets.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

The waterproof bag cover is a nice touch.

StarStarStarStarStar It's a great bag!

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Ownership: more than a year

Pros

This bag is everything I need in a trunk bag. When I travel on overnight bike trips with my riding group, I carry everything I need for the group. In fact, it is such a great bag, I use it as my Every Day Carry Bag. I carry a lot of the supplies I use when I ride, as well as survival gear.

Cons

When you have rear panniers mounted, it is a challenge to get the velco straps around the rails on the rack. But it is not so difficult that I would change bags.

Other Thoughts

I would recommend this bag to friends!

StarStarStarStarStar Great bag

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Ownership: one year

Pros

Great bag, big enough and expands, high quality.

Cons

A little on the heavy side.

Other Thoughts

If I were going to buy another bag it would be this one.

StarStarStarStarStar A Great Bike Bag

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Searching for a good trunk bag is harder than you think! This bag works with any rack, not specific to a rack/bag system, which is what we needed! Zippers and details are well thought out; Bag is easy to attach, access and utilize. Padded compartments are flexible for multiple uses.

Cons

Not many!

Other Thoughts

Reflective additions are attractive. Rain cover comes in handy when needed, and easy and quick to deploy.

StarStarStarStarStar awesome

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Looks small but can fit quite a bit

Cons

None that I have seen yet.

StarStarStarStarStar Well worth the money

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Looks great, very heavy duty, and the shape makes all the sense in the world.

Other Thoughts

I looked at the typical "hard case" trunk bags and I wasn't real impressed with the hard plastic form. It prevented you from putting anything thicker than a piece of paper in the side pockets (mild exaggeration, but not much). Those bags are also shaped poorly, they're actually taller as you go back towards the end of the bike. If you're not a very flexible person, this can be difficult if you're not paying attention swinging your leg over the top to get on your bike. The Arkel is almost tear-dropped shaped, with the bulk of space closer to the seat instead of towards the back. More than enough room for a couple of shirts, towel, treats, wallet, phone, tools and two 32oz. Powerades.

StarStarStarStarStar Expensive, but definitely worth it!

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Well-made
Spacious
Sleek
Nice waterproof cover built-in

Cons

A bit pricey

Other Thoughts

This is a very well-made trunk bag, and it's less bulky than others. It holds a lot and is well-designed. You will not be disappointed.

StarStarStarStarStar Arkel Trunk Bag

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Great internal organizational compartments
Waterproof Zippers
Bag secures snug to the rack with little movement
Very expandable for cramming all the gear into it

Cons

None so far

Other Thoughts

Great water resistant trunk bag with ample storage and organization, I've been using this more and more to replace my beloved Osprey Raptor to get the weight off of me and onto the bike.

StarStarStarStarStar Perfect Rack Bag

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Extremely well made with enough capacity for a day riding, food, a jacket, etc. Also large enough to use for an extra change of clothes for an overnight.

Other Thoughts

Researched a lot of bags before setteling on the Arkel. Very happy with this purchase.

StarStarStarStarStar Quality Craftsmanship

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Well designed for intermittent use and quick detach-attachment. Pretty spacious for a small bag. I especially like how it can expand, and yet the expansion billows are relatively concealed, in addition to the outside straps for tacking on even more stuff.

Cons

None, really.

Other Thoughts

Haven't had much opportunity to put it through the wringer, but the craftsmanship is apparent in the stitching and materials used for each component.

StarStarStarStarStar Nice replacement for old Shoe Box style

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Stylish
Nice inside compartments
Very water resistant

StarStarStarStarStar Well constructed

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Ownership: a few months

Pros

Nice shape; well constructed & functional (pockets, attachment points, etc.)

Cons

Aero shape of top means less volume and not a level surface for attachment of stuff on top.

StarStarStarStarStar Nice bag, but not as big as it looks

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

The bag is well made and I especially like the internal mesh pockets along the sides as well as the two external pockets. The bag has less capacity than the old squarish bag that I've been using, but one reason I got it is to encourage myself to carry less stuff on these rides! It does have a unique way of spreading out sideways if you really want to stuff a lot into it, so maybe I won't notice the difference so much.

Cons

I recently bought a new compact hatchback car and found that the swoopy new styling with the tapered roofline means less cargo capacity than my old hatchback with the squared-off styling. The same goes for this bag: the streamlined design cuts down on the space, but is probably still adequate for most.

The only other criticism is that I'm not sure why they made the velcro attachment straps so long, especially in the rear where they stick up above the sides of the bag when it's mounted.

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