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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    I just received my custom frame bag from Phantom Pack (Phantom Pack Systems), and I am blown away...
    That stuff looks great. I really like how they have used the flexible carbon fiber panels. Price is good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    That stuff looks great. I really like how they have used the flexible carbon fiber panels. Price is good too.
    Yeah, the panels, combined with an internal Velcro divider, really help keep the bag stable and trim. Great design! Tim must have a beefy sewing machine to get through all of that materiel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    This thread needs to be stickied...
    Cool, can you update the first post as needed so all info is in one spot. I hate scrolling through threads to find info. I can't edit it. Something about being an old post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    Cool, can you update the first post as needed so all info is in one spot. I hate scrolling through threads to find info. I can't edit it. Something about being an old post.
    Good idea. I'll consolidate it later today.

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    Here are a few shots of the bags from Buggybags.
    I ordered a frambag from Jon, and i am happy to say that i am very pleased with it !
    The order took a bit longer than usual, but he made up for that big time !
    ( the delay was because Jon had to move, at the last moment i thought of some some changes, and there was an error made with the shipping adress that i use so it was returned to Jon twice....)

    The righthand side of the framebag has 2 compartments, a small one for tools, pump and lock. (with black on black embroidery!)
    And a bigger one that has a smaller pocket inside for some small things, (pretzel M&M's in this case)
    And the Bottom of the upper compartment can be removed to create one big compartment.
    The entire left side is one big pocket for maps.
    As a bonus Jon made 2 gastank/TTbags that were a try out for some other things he's working on.
    The first one a a basic bag that is attached to the frambag with 2 velcro flaps, that will easily fit a 1.25 liter soda bottle. (the bottle in the picture is a 0.75Ltr one)
    And the second one is a bag with a window to put your phone/gps in and it will be protected from the elements and still see or use it.
    this one also attaches with 2 velcro flaps, but it has a extra piece of velcro so that it can be used on other bikes as well without having to use the framebag.

    Jon has another satisfied cutomer that is already contemplating another order for a frambag..!
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    I like the idea of that cell phone/gps window. That's neat. Haven't seen that before. Was there a reason why you chose to use that fabric and zipper combo? Seems like it would really soak up the water/let it through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    I like the idea of that cell phone/gps window. That's neat. Haven't seen that before. Was there a reason why you chose to use that fabric and zipper combo? Seems like it would really soak up the water/let it through.
    I thought that it would be a usefull idea for when i am using a gps.
    And the fabric/zipper combo wasn't my idea, but it's suposed to be watertight.
    ( i will try that somewhere in the next days with a showertest.)
    Those 2 bags were just a experiment, and they were a "gift".
    And i guess i don't look a given horse in the mouth.

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    This thread got me so fired up I bit the bullet and made myself a custom saddle pack for my Stratospire 2 tent. Did a proto in tyvek and then the final in 500d waterproof cordura reinforced with webbing at any wear points.



    I've got plenty of detail on prototyping and assembly process here.

    My aim was to get something light (finished weight 185g) that fits my tent and bike/seatpost/saddle combo perfectly. The pack replaces my tent's stuffsack and as I made all of the straps removable, they can be left on the bike or reused when its time to ditch the bike and hike up a summit to camp. I can't wait to try it out.

    If I didn't have some pretty specific requirements I would have just bought one from one of the awesome makers in this thread. There's lots of work involved and the prices I've seen are cheap for what you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    I just received my custom frame bag from Phantom Pack (Phantom Pack Systems), and I am blown away. The construction quality is incredible–so much attention to detail, such as zipper-pull covers, reinforced stress points, carbon fiber side panels, etc. A perfect fit, and actually much lighter than I expected. Very simply, this is the one of the best pieces of gear that I’ve ever purchased–and an awesome deal at any price.

    I’ve also got some gear from the “big” names in bikepacking gear, and Tim’s stuff is even better.

    For those who aren’t into the default color scheme of the gear listed on his website, Tim will let you choose your own colors. I went with all-black, and it looks GREAT!
    Did you order the bags from the within the U.S.? If so, was there any issue any duty fees?

    "If ordering from outside Canada,Any Duties/Border fees are the customers responsibility" ?.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by b3ksmith View Post
    Did you order the bags from the within the U.S.? If so, was there any issue any duty fees?

    "If ordering from outside Canada,Any Duties/Border fees are the customers responsibility" ?.

    Thanks
    Nope, didn't pay anything extra. It shipped quickly and problem-free. I'm in Colorado.

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    Good informative thread. And nice bag, Rabies. I've got to see the bags and bike irl at a Benelux-meeting sometime soon!
    Keiler Cycles is where I work at!

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    For us Europeans, i think the bags Jon is making are some of the nicest and cost friendly options.
    Every bag is a one off, and custom wishes are possible and cost very little.
    I have also suggested some other designs and bags, and he is taking them in consideration.
    So if enough people will ask for them, i am sure he will come up with a new and improved line of products.
    I really like ordering and working with small company's/fabricators like this, and that's where i like to spend my money as well.
    I currently am in the proces of ordering a set of custom fenders for the Pugsley from someone else, and communications with this guy is also very good.

    FrankZ, where are you located ?
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    @Rabies:
    M'tricht.

    I've got a 'saddlebag' from BP, Poland, and I like the finish and communication too. I'm tempted to order a framebag from him. Just have to choose between the Pugs and my Fargo. Leadtime is now approximately 6 weeks.
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    @Rabies:
    M'tricht.

    I've got a 'saddlebag' from BP, Poland, and I like the finish and communication too. I'm tempted to order a frame bag from him. Just have to choose between the Pugs and my Fargo. Lead time is now approximately 6 weeks.
    Keiler Cycles is where I work at!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Z View Post
    @Rabies:
    M'tricht.

    I've got a 'saddlebag' from BP, Poland, and I like the finish and communication too. I'm tempted to order a frame bag from him. Just have to choose between the Pugs and my Fargo. Lead time is now approximately 6 weeks.
    FrankZ, the prices of those bags are very good as well.

    BTW.
    Is it possible to go camping in the wild anywhere in your area ?
    Or maybe some farmer that have a small camping place out in the back ?
    I have been thinking about taking a small trip to Limburg (or maybe Terschelling) for a while now, but i don't like the idea of having to stay at a regular campground with all the screaming kids, (drunk) parents etc...

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    Pb-ed you.
    Keiler Cycles is where I work at!

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    I just got all my gear from Revelate. Pika seat bag, the Sling for the front of the bars and a Jerrycan rear gas tank. Everything looks top notch and is a great fit. Also was shipped super fast. The Sling will hold an REI dry sack, and I'm also going to get a cheapo gas tank (Revelate one won't fit, as my stem has no spacers under it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    I like the idea of that cell phone/gps window. That's neat. Haven't seen that before. Was there a reason why you chose to use that fabric and zipper combo? Seems like it would really soak up the water/let it through.
    A quick update on this..:
    The bags are watertight (yesterday my waterbottle got opened by accident, and wothing came out of the bag !) , the zippers are not.
    Jon is not used (yet) to making bags with finer zips, because for his normal bags he uses other bigger ones.
    But ihe asked me to return them to him, and he would do some opgrades en them at no charge.
    I am happy to do this and help him with the furthe development of his products.

    Also i had a great idea that i am working out with him that will probably will be a great bag for the shorter rides on my SS in the summertime.
    I hope to reveal it in the very near future.

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    Here is are 2 pictures of the template that i made up for a very special bag for my Summer-SSer.
    It may look like nothing fancy, but it will end up being one of the coolest bags around.

    More of this in a few weeks....
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    What's the best fabric to use if I'm going to build my own? I'm wondering if a tarp like material would work if I sew a liner in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Cup View Post
    What's the best fabric to use if I'm going to build my own? I'm wondering if a tarp like material would work if I sew a liner in it.
    Most people would probably recommend XPac. Just type it in Google. There are a number of US outlets.

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    I bought all my packs from Greg 12 Wheels, Bolder Bikepacking Gear and have loved each bag. They all fit teh bike perfect and Greg was great to work with. All bags arrived on time and were exactly as ordered. All my bags in the future will come from Greg and I highly recommed his services...

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    Barking Bear Bagworks

    Just a quick post about my bags. Barking Bear Bagworks is the name I sew under. I've been doing framebags mostly but, I just made a seatbag and tested it out. It looks and works great if I do say so myself. Anyway, I don't have a website but, if you are interested check out fat-bike.com, they did a nice little write up on me a month or so ago. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by barkingbear View Post
    Just a quick post about my bags. Barking Bear Bagworks is the name I sew under. I've been doing framebags mostly but, I just made a seatbag and tested it out. It looks and works great if I do say so myself. Anyway, I don't have a website but, if you are interested check out fat-bike.com, they did a nice little write up on me a month or so ago. Thanks
    Good to hear that there's another gear maker out there. PM me your contact info, and I'll add you to the first post in this thread.

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    There's a bunch of us as of late. The number keep growing. I too, am doing mostly frame and top tube bags. I will attempt the bar and seat bags when I get back from the TDR. We'll see how my own frame and top tube bags hold up to the punishment.

    Maybe we need to have a world-wide bag makers summit! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    Good to hear that there's another gear maker out there. PM me your contact info, and I'll add you to the first post in this thread.
    Maybe it's a good idea to place the country where the makers on the list are located in behind the links of their websites ?
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    hou mij ook maar op de hoogte inz een bikepacking tripje in limburg of de wadden!

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    I will keep you in mind.
    Outside the weekends i basicly have all the free time i want/need so my idea was to go somehwhere between monday and friday.
    I just have been waiting for the weather to get better.
    And i still have to make the decision if i want to buy a hammock or use my tent that i already have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabies010 View Post
    Here are a few shots of the bags from Buggybags.
    I ordered a frambag from Jon, and i am happy to say that i am very pleased with it !
    Those bags look great!

    But...

    ...I'm also really interested in where you got (or how you built) that mount for your Magicshine headlight

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    Quote Originally Posted by random walk View Post
    Those bags look great!

    But...

    ...I'm also really interested in where you got (or how you built) that mount for your Magicshine headlight
    The bags ARE great !

    And more info on my "spork" can de found here : Frontlight "mounting-spoon"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabies010 View Post
    The bags ARE great !

    And more info on my "spork" can de found here : Frontlight "mounting-spoon"
    Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    Love it!
    Tnx !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabies010 View Post
    The bags ARE great !

    And more info on my "spork" can de found here : Frontlight "mounting-spoon"

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    Just ordered a Revelate Tangle frame bag today. And got a notice that it shipped-the same day!! that rocks.

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    Got the bag, looks great. The medium is almost too big for my large MC29 but I am pretty sure it will work.
    Thanks for the great service Eric at Revelate

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    some of these bags look like they could turn a knife blade and seem way overbuilt. Anyone making stuff out of Dyneema or lightweight fabric that isn't built like a ship hull?

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    Work in progress.

    Today i got some pictures of my new bag that is being made by Jon from Buggybags.
    it's not finished yet, but here are a few pics as a teaser...
    (this bag that has a special summer feature.)
    When the bag is finished i will open a new thread for it.
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    Any motorcycle shop will sell you a stash tube. You can make your own out of PVC pipe. These are useful for anything you want to keep dry or for items that can damage your bags like an adjustable wrench.

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    If you are afraid that an adjustable wrench will damage your gear, just put it in a piece of old innertube.

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    A while back I saw a picture of a big under saddle bag that connected to the saddle rails, seat post, and also to the top rack braze-ons. I'm not sure if it was an internal frame or what, but it looked like a really stable cross between a saddle bag and rack trunk bag.

    Anyone know who makes a bag like that?

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    Would that bag be per chance the Jandd Mountain Wedge III?

    Mountain Wedge III

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    That looks interesting, but the one I saw looked like one of the long under saddle bags (as seen in this thread) with screw in mounts to the top braze-on's, the ones up by the saddle (presumably to carry a bit more weight and prevent sway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mangoman View Post
    Hadn't heard of Phantom Pack 'til I found this thread today. Really interested in those fenders—anyone here have a set?
    Yep. Terrific stuff.

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    Alpkit Framebag - Cooler than a bumbag, more practical than panniers - Special Stuff Outdoor Gear Shop - Alpkit

    Some good stuff on it's way from Alpkit in the UK. I have an early tester bag they made for my Jones, it's a great fit and does the job well.



    I can also vouch for Buggybag's frame bags, really solid stuff. Mine's a bit larger / wider and heavier than the Alpkit bag (450g vs 240g approx), but if you wanted something to last a lot of heavy use the Buggybag is as tough and well made as they come - thick cordura, really chunky YKK zippers etc. Good VFM and service too.

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    Barking Bear Bagworks

    Here is a new comer to the bag world:

    Barking Bear Bagworks out of Conway, Michigan. Conway is an hour north of Traverse City.

    I stumbled onto Jason's custom bags while reading up on a local fatbike race. Fat-Bike.com wrote an article about Barking Bear Bagworks:

    Business Profile – Barking Bear Bagworks | FAT-BIKE.COM

    I have many items from Eric at Revelate Designs, but since he is out of the custom bag business, I had Jason create a one bag fits all for my Quiring 29er and Quiring fatbike.

    Jason's stuff is top notch. He is great to work with and turn around time is less than 2 weeks (He did not have many orders in front of my order). Best part (At least for Michiganders) he is close by!

    His contact right now is by email: jsnsnll@gmail.com He communication is fast!

    Photos posted of the bag attached to the fatbike and 29er.

    -Chad
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    old man mountain racks

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    And HERE you can see another great example of some more custom work by Buggybags.
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    A shout out to Porcelain Rocket for jumping hoops to get a couple Anything Cage Bags to me on the fly. Thanks, Scott!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsbike View Post
    Here is a new comer to the bag world:

    Barking Bear Bagworks out of Conway, Michigan. Conway is an hour north of Traverse City.

    I stumbled onto Jason's custom bags while reading up on a local fatbike race. Fat-Bike.com wrote an article about Barking Bear Bagworks:

    Business Profile – Barking Bear Bagworks | FAT-BIKE.COM

    I have many items from Eric at Revelate Designs, but since he is out of the custom bag business, I had Jason create a one bag fits all for my Quiring 29er and Quiring fatbike.

    Jason's stuff is top notch. He is great to work with and turn around time is less than 2 weeks (He did not have many orders in front of my order). Best part (At least for Michiganders) he is close by!

    His contact right now is by email: jsnsnll@gmail.com He communication is fast!

    Photos posted of the bag attached to the fatbike and 29er.

    -Chad
    Sent an email to Jason today, I live in Michigan and would love a piece of local bags.
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    I have just received an email from Jon from Bike-Bag. (formerly known as Buggybags)
    In this mail he send me the link to his new site that is dedicated to the production of (custom) bikebags.
    Here is the link : Welcome To BikeBag.co.uk
    (click on the pictures to enter)

    Maybe Ranier can change the link in the first post ?

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