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    Bikepacking gear bags - who makes 'em?

    Going through the multiple threads here and I don't see one that has a comprehensive list of current bikepacking gear bag manufacturers. I've accumulated some bags from one source but have since found other places that offer them. So, in no particular order, here are some places that offer off-the-rack and custom frame and gear bags for your bikepacking rig.

    Hope this helps for those looking into riding into the . Please add to the list as these are the ones I have come across so far.

    Revelate Designs LLC
    Anchorage Alaska and Springfield Oregon

    Cleaveland Mountaineering
    Grand Junction, CO

    Custom Bicycle Bags from Porcelain Rocket
    Calgary, Alberta

    Wildcat Gear
    Wales, UK

    Phantom Pack Systems
    Canada

    Bike Pack
    Poland

    Bed Rock Bags
    Colorado

    Bike-Bag
    UK

    Bolder Bikepacking Gear
    Boulder, CO

    Becker Sewing and Design
    Fairbanks, Alaska

    J.PAKS_Adventure Cycling Frame Bags
    Denver, CO

    Barking Bear Bagworks, jsnsnll@gmail.com
    Conway, MI

    Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks
    El Paso, TX

    OVEJA NEGRA threadworks
    Salida, CO

    Alpkit
    UK

    SpoK Werks
    Switzerland

    Jandd Frame Packs
    San Diego, CA

    Bike Bag Dude Custom Frame Bags
    Mt Hutton, NSW, Australia

    Wanderlust Bikepacking Gear and Fatbike Pogies
    Missoula, MT

    Rogue Panda Designs
    Flagstaff, AZ

    Apidura
    London, England

    Andrew the Maker
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Stealth Bike Bags
    Wellington, New Zealand

    RockGeist
    Winston-Salem, NC

    Switchback Bikebags
    Wheat Ridge, CO

    Frost River
    Duluth, MN

    Stashers
    USA

    Ortlieb
    International

    Arkel
    International
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    I just ordered a custom frame bag from Phantom Pack Systems. I don't have it yet, but Tim has been easy to work with so far. I'll post a review once I get the bag.

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    Carousel - I'm not sure I would include them anymore. Too many horror stories on that company.

    Revelate Designs - I don't think Eric make's custom frame bags anymore, but makes high quality "off-the-rack" bags and accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody.1 View Post
    Carousel - I'm not sure I would include them anymore. Too many horror stories on that company.
    There is a lot of bad rep out there for Carousel right now. Hope they can get things corrected and get back on track if that's their hope.


    There are a few individuals out there making quality gear on a smaller scale. They will build custom gear at reasonable prices.

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    oops, double post due to system lag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody.1 View Post
    Carousel - I'm not sure I would include them anymore. Too many horror stories on that company.
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    I don't think that it's fair to take Carousel off the list because some people have had bad experiences. A lot of people have had good experiences as well. But the level of service isn't really the issue--it's whether they sell bags, which they do. The decision to buy from them or not should be based on reviews, word-of-mouth, etc.--not because they don't appear in a listing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    I don't think that it's fair to take Carousel off the list because some people have had bad experiences. A lot of people have had good experiences as well. But the level of service isn't really the issue--it's whether they sell bags, which they do. The decision to buy from them or not should be based on reviews, word-of-mouth, etc.--not because they don't appear in a listing.
    That's fair enough.

    Maybe we need a sticky on gear review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody.1 View Post
    That's fair enough.

    Maybe we need a sticky on gear review.

    Woody
    That would be really helpful, especially for bikepacking gear bags. Finding a collective amount of information on them isn't the easiest.

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    Bikepack - Based in Poland.

    I've been very happy with mine. Prices are spot on plus no import tax for anyone living in Europe!
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    Hmmm.....doesn't seem like there are too many guys out there making custom bags anymore, with Revelate out of the game and people hesitant to purchase from CDW. I know someone who hopefully will be making a debut shortly who has been doing awesome work.

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    My Porcelain Rocket bags for my Surly Pugsley...very nicely made...

    I'm getting another custom frame bag for my 29er MTB so I can use the seat & bar bags with that bike as well depending how fat a tire I want to run.

    Custom Bicycle Bags from Porcelain Rocket

    I'm not sure who else is making custom bags these days? Given the cost it's nice to get a bag that fits my frame perfectly and in the fabric I want.



    He also made these custom bags for my Surly Big Dummy and Santa Cruz Nomad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    I'm not sure who else is making custom bags these days?
    I made my own kit and they're A LOT of work. Not only that but the cost of X-Pac has almost doubled this past month. I'm not surprised that there aren't a bunch of people wanting to jump into the market. Seems like the only real way to make it profitable is to stick to a particular frame line, stamp out all the fabric pieces and make them assembly line style.

    I made one for my Salsa Fargo (medium) and love it. The learning curve was quick for me though because I have a small side business that involves sewing, so I have the equipment and the skills (The Kozie Canine - Handmade Collars, Harnesses & Leashes). If someone REALLY wants a frame bag for a Medium Salsa Fargo I could be persuaded to build one (since I have the template built already and know it's a perfect fit) but beyond that, it's just too much work.




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    I'm in.



    Just starting out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thesergeant View Post
    I made my own kit
    Great looking bags! I particularly like the one made from pirated Tyvek bags from the USPS. You could play that one off as team issue. I recently stitched together my own teeny-tiny frame bag for a new Salsa Vaya. I wanted something small enough to just hold a cable-lock, a spare $20, and a couple of Gu packets. It turned out even better than I had hoped. I'm now going to make one for my wife's bike that will be a little larger. Not everyone is a DIYer, but if you can build stuff then the best way to get the bag you want is to just make it.
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    F3 Designs makes custom bags...

    Bikepacking Gear

    I have one of their seatbags and it has been great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post


    My Porcelain Rocket bags for my Surly Pugsley...very nicely made...

    I'm getting another custom frame bag for my 29er MTB so I can use the seat & bar bags with that bike as well depending how fat a tire I want to run.


    I repurposed my Pugsley's Porcelain Rocket bags to my 29er so I could go on an overnight ride this week. The bags were rock solid even when I did some stupid human tricks and crashed... I'm getting a frame bag for the 29er that will fit properly, but the Pugsley bag did okay even though I had to jam it in a bit...



    It's nice to have a luggage system for my bikes that I can ride hard without having to think about my gear. Definitely an improvement over bikepacking with racks and panniers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConfederateLawyer View Post
    Great looking bags! I particularly like the one made from pirated Tyvek bags from the USPS. You could play that one off as team issue. I recently stitched together my own teeny-tiny frame bag for a new Salsa Vaya.
    Excellent work! Perfect fit and you can tell it was well made. I'm going to be making something similar for my Chili Con Crosso.

    Does the velcro on the exterior have a function or was it just for aesthetics? Looks great either way.

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    I really would like to have one of those seat bags for my commute. The Porcelain Rocket by far is the most appealing. My backpack is really a pain since I always carry stuff which includes two heavy Kryptonite bike locks. I think if the seat bag can be customized to have an option for shoulder strap which resembles of a messenger bag then I would definitely have one of these.

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    Good thread.

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    I went for kit through Cleaveland Mountereering.

    And I wrote a review of it here;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwanttorideatnight View Post
    I really would like to have one of those seat bags for my commute. The Porcelain Rocket by far is the most appealing. My backpack is really a pain since I always carry stuff which includes two heavy Kryptonite bike locks. I think if the seat bag can be customized to have an option for shoulder strap which resembles of a messenger bag then I would definitely have one of these.
    Scott at PR does full custom bags. You just need to explain what you want and he'll design/sew it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D45yth View Post
    Bikepack - Based in Poland.

    I've been very happy with mine. Prices are spot on plus no import tax for anyone living in Europe!
    Right on !
    Getting a nice frambag (or any other gear for that matter) from the US can turn into an very expensive thing after taxes etc.

    I ordered mine from : Bikebags And i am expecting it any day now.
    Communication and exchanging ideas have been great, just as the prices.
    I will post a some pics as soon as i have the oppurtunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyGadd View Post
    I don't think that it's fair to take Carousel off the list because some people have had bad experiences. A lot of people have had good experiences as well. But the level of service isn't really the issue--it's whether they sell bags, which they do. The decision to buy from them or not should be based on reviews, word-of-mouth, etc.--not because they don't appear in a listing.
    FYI. I actually have bar and seat bag by CDW and very happy with the quality of them. I've heard the horror stories as well, but the product really stands on their own.

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    Hadn't heard of Phantom Pack 'til I found this thread today. Really interested in those fenders—anyone here have a set?

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    Add me to the list. I've been making stock and custom gear for the past year and a half which has been used and raced on the Divide, Colorado Trail, Paris Brest Paris, Arrowhead 135, etc. I'm in the process of building a webpage but my contact info and some pictures are available in the Bikepacking.net classified.
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    That cut out for your hand is a great idea !
    I will keep that in the back of my head for my next one.

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    Here's a setup that 12wheels built for my BigTop. Quality gear, worthy of being included on the list above.

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    I don't want this to be controversial, but those that are looking to buy some new bags need to really look at the detailing and compare to others. Some of these makers are for sure making a good product that would without a doubt work, but there are a couple other makers out there that are making a product that are above and beyond the others. The devil is in the details. Look at strap placement, stabalizing features to prevent rear bag sway, internal dividers (that come standard).

    Like I said, pretty much anything that holds something will work. But if you're going to spend some cash on something custom made or even off the shelf from a bag maker I would encourage you to do some research on who is providing, "the most bang for your buck."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    I don't want this to be controversial, but those that are looking to buy some new bags need to really look at the detailing and compare to others. Some of these makers are for sure making a good product that would without a doubt work, but there are a couple other makers out there that are making a product that are above and beyond the others. The devil is in the details. Look at strap placement, stabalizing features to prevent rear bag sway, internal dividers (that come standard).

    Like I said, pretty much anything that holds something will work. But if you're going to spend some cash on something custom made or even off the shelf from a bag maker I would encourage you to do some research on who is providing, "the most bang for your buck."
    Good advice, but hard to follow. Almost all of the guys supplying this gear do so my mail, so there's no way to physically compare the different products. It makes choosing really hard.

    Maybe somebody needs to convince these guys to send them a kit for comparison--and then write up a comprehensive comparative review. Consumer Reports style! Anyone work at a bike magazine that could take this up?

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    Yeah, I'm being vague for a reason. I just don't feel like starting a pissing match, but there is some major differences in engineering differences in some of these bags. I've been around for a while and have 2 rear seat packs from different builders and have physically tested (ridden with) bags from 2 others. There are glaring differences between the upper tier builders and others.

    You're right though, it would be nice to have someone like Dave C do a gear review like he does on backpackinglight. I know he is writing an article about bikepacking but my "hunch" is that it's more about a "how to" instead of the more technical features of different builders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    You're right though, it would be nice to have someone like Dave C do a gear review like he does on backpackinglight. I know he is writing an article about bikepacking but my "hunch" is that it's more about a "how to" instead of the more technical features of different builders.
    Maybe I'll e-mail Dave C. I love his backpacking site, and I agree that he'd do an awesome job of reviewing bikepacking gear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    Yeah, I'm being vague for a reason. I just don't feel like starting a pissing match, but there is some major differences in engineering differences in some of these bags. I've been around for a while and have 2 rear seat packs from different builders and have physically tested (ridden with) bags from 2 others. There are glaring differences between the upper tier builders and others.
    I'd appreciate hearing the differences from someone with first-hand experience...not just insinuations, since I have no clue what you've used or been happy with.

    Critiques from experienced users could help producers and consumers. Please detail the glaring differences that make a bag a great bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    I'd appreciate hearing the differences from someone with first-hand experience...not just insinuations, since I have no clue what you've used or been happy with.

    Critiques from experienced users could help producers and consumers. Please detail the glaring differences that make a bag a great bag.
    I can understand why he's being careful. A guy had his post removed for stating his opinions about a couple of manufactures. While MTBR.com seems a little calmer about dissenting opinions, I think that a lot of people get pretty heated about these things...

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    Hey Toby,
    Dave did in fact conduct test / review last year of Revelate, Carousel and PR seat bags for BPL. I'm not sure what the publishing status is.

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    The BPL articles will be in three parts: introduction/basic how-to, backpack review, seatbag review. I have no insight into the publishing schedule. Should be soon(ish). The seatbag review is as much an overview of rackless carry systems as it is a head to head review. Such an approach dovetails nicely with BPLs mission exactly because you need a reasonably streamlined kit for the seatbag/framepack paradigm to work well. The piece needed to be as much about technique as anything because, horrid looking rigs at the TD startline nonewithstanding, you can't just buy a seatbag and call it good.

    Revelate and Porcelain participated. Carousel was interested, but was not included. Jeff Boatman was rightly loath to provide just a seatbag, being concerned that this wouldn't represent his brand well. He offered to send me his personal bike/kit, which was very generous, and we had some very illuminating conversations about bikepacking. In the end I didn't have the (considerable) time it would have taken to do justice to something as complex as a full kit and a new-to-me bike.

    To get the full scope you'll have to read the article(s), but I can say what most already know: that Revelate and Porcelain make extraordinarily high-quality stuff. I see a fair amount of gear, and in terms of design and execution would put either up next to any manufacturer of outdoor gear of which I'm aware. Mainstream or cottage, in any discipline. And much better than many well-respected brands in either category.

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    Thanks Dave C!

    Now, you just need to add in the other little guys!

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    I knew this was an expanding area of interest, but hadn't kept tabs on how many "little guys" there were. More power to 'em.

    I'll keeping making my own framebags, and made one seatbag that was pretty functional, but as Travis said this stuff is not simple. Small details are significant and turn good gear into great.

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    https://www.facebook.com/beckerdesign

    New company out of Fairbanks, AK. Tupps makes some pretty nice bags. His company was formerly: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003513366918

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse View Post
    -Dave C, BPL staff, but not writing here as BPL staff
    Dave, your articles and joining of BPL Staff are the reason I'm actually (finally) sending in money to become a member. I really look forward to reading your thoughts on the different bags. As an owner of 2 of the 3 listed by you, I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Both have seen some pretty extensive use and I have a feeling you'll be pointing out similar details that I've noticed.

    One thing is for sure, we've (bikepacking community) have a great thing going with plenty of options to support the local economy. Ultimately though, it's not about the gear one collects but the getting out and using what you have.

    Cheers!

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    I'm starting to make them but still in prototyping process.

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    JPaks out of Denver/Golden area


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    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    I just sent in an order today with JPaks. A frame bag for my Salsa Spearfish. I'm psyched to have a custom bag and not have to go thru the difficulty of making it myself.
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    I might be better off starting a new thread but here goes:
    Do those of you who have used a handlebar bag/sling have to lengthen your brake/shifter cables or is there a workaround? Seems my cables are compressed to much by the sling to be effective...

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    And a follow up question, do those of you who ride with seatbags have any issues getting behind the seat on technical sections?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout View Post
    And a follow up question, do those of you who ride with seatbags have any issues getting behind the seat on technical sections?
    Ha! Yeah, the seatbag surprised me on the first technical descent. I got used to it fairly quickly, but I definitely can't get behind the seat as far/low with the seatbag there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scout View Post
    And a follow up question, do those of you who ride with seatbags have any issues getting behind the seat on technical sections?
    I obviously can't drop my butt DOWN to the tire anymore. But I can get my weight BACK reasonably well.

    I just bought a dropper seatpost, and I'll be testing it with my seat bag. Not sure if I'll race with it due to the extra weight, but it'll be interesting to see if it'll work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    Ha! Yeah, the seatbag surprised me on the first technical descent..
    Ha, I remember the first time too.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherpaxc View Post
    I don't want this to be controversial, but those that are looking to buy some new bags need to really look at the detailing and compare to others. Some of these makers are for sure making a good product that would without a doubt work, but there are a couple other makers out there that are making a product that are above and beyond the others. The devil is in the details. Look at strap placement, stabalizing features to prevent rear bag sway, internal dividers (that come standard).

    Like I said, pretty much anything that holds something will work. But if you're going to spend some cash on something custom made or even off the shelf from a bag maker I would encourage you to do some research on who is providing, "the most bang for your buck."

    Sounds about right.
    I'd tell anyone to go straight to Revelate for stock stuff and to Porcelain for the frame bag.
    And I just about say that on this page under Quality

    Custom frame bags are the best niche I can fill, since some can no longer do them (understandably).

    This is a part time gig for me alongside a busy engineering student schedule, although I will be full time this summer - bring on the custom orders.

    Also, most of the seat bags out there look like direct copies of Revelate/Carousel designs. I've never seen them up close in person long enough to get the construction details, and I've never figured out why they all have a curve at the bottom - seems that would take away from vertical stiffness. My stiffeners butt straight into the seat tube.
    Do they move around a bit? Sure. Can I feel it on rough singletrack? Nope.

    Experience Level - I have over 100 paid for items out there, plus early experiments myself, and a bunch of other personal sewing for ultralight backpacking.

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