Reviews of Arkel Waterproof Seat Bag

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StarStarStarStarStar Genius under the saddle bag

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

The genius of this bag is the pull-out liner -- which is the actual bag. This makes it so much easier to get things in and out, and would be worth it even without being waterproof. If you use the bag to store money or credit cards, you can just take the liner with you.

The bag is the perfect size. For an under-the-saddle bag, you just want the minimum: extra tube, tire lever, mini tool, c02, energy bar or gel. This bag easily holds that and a little more. It's forgiving, because you can cinch it as big or small as you need with the outer shell. (More genius.) If you need to carry more, than you probably need something different, like a pannier.

The outer shell attaches easily under the seat, unlike other bags that practically require turning the bike upside down to thread the straps through the saddle rails.

I use the bag on road rides, everything from short 20-miles to century rides. It's a solid bag, and doesn't move around under the saddle.

Cons

No cons.

StarStarStarStarStar Nice bag - roomy!

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

-Good size
-Easy to install & use

StarStarStarStarStar Great seat bag with one minor flaw

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Separate "holster" and dry bag setup allows you to leave the bulk of the bag on the bike while taking the valuables in with you when you stop.

Straps tighten down nicely on the bag virtually eliminating any movement of the bag while pedaling or riding over rougher roads.

Cons

If you've got slightly larger thigh muscles and you're back on the saddle, you will feel the edge of the bag on the inside of the upper thigh. It's minimal and may or may not bother you.

Other Thoughts

The only flaw to this bag that I have noticed is that the two "flaps" that secure the dry bag in the holster can shift positions slightly if you aren't careful and allow the dry bag to fall out of the holster. That being said the only time it ever did fall out was when I forgot to take the dry bag out of the holster and put the bike on the roof rack... needless to say the bag and it's contents now belong to someone else. On a positive note I found out Arkel will sell you just the bag by itself at a fairly inexpensive price. Still, make sure you take the dry bag out of the holster while the bike in on the car rack, your wallet will thank you.

StarStarStarStarStar The seat bag I've been waiting for!

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Nice size
Waterproof
Easy to install
Easy to access contents
Durable construction

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

This is the seat bag I've been waiting for. I've used a medium-sized trunk bag for years, but whenever I'm riding in rainy weather, I have to cover the bag up and even put more moisture-sensitive items in baggies inside the trunk bag. It has always been such a hassle to then get anything out of the trunk bag in rainy weather when I've got the bag and contents wrapped up like a mummy. With the Arkel waterproof seat bag, I was able to take my moisture-sensitive items out of the trunk bag and put them in the seat bag where they're easy to access, and they stay dry. I have both bags on my bike now, and it works great.

StarStarStarStarStar Exactly as promised

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Waterproof. Simple but effective

StarStarStarStarStar Awesome bag

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Ownership: one year

StarStarStarStarStar Arkel seatbag

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Ownership: a month

Pros

Snug no wobble fit
Durable construction
Good storage volume

Cons

None yet

Other Thoughts

Cool bag. I recommend.

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