Sunday, December 21, 2014

Topeak Weatherproof DynaWedge Saddle Bag

This has to be one of the most lightweight and simple saddle bag I have come across. Ever since I started cycling, I have used only Topeak saddle bags as they are well designed for function and are also very durable.

I came across this new lightweight saddle bag while browsing at bike shops, and decided to get this saddle bag to try out. Wonder how it will look on my Merida road bike?

Topeak Weatherproof DynaWedge

Very lightweight at only 45 grams!

Very simple attachment methods. Uses velcro straps to fix the saddle bag under the saddle.

Actual weight is 46 grams, perfect for weight weenies

Special sealed zippers makes this saddle bag weatherproof, which probably means rain proof. Not waterproof as you cannot dunk this saddle bag underwater.

As the zipper opens along the bottom, there is a netting inside to prevent the contents from spilling out when the saddle bag is unzipped.

As shown on my Merida road bike! This size is perfect for one spare tube, tire levers, CO2 cartridge and multi tool.

Slim and compact size

Overall view of the saddle bag on the road bike

Pros:
1) Super lightweight
2) Simple velcro attachment method allows easy transfer across different bikes
3) Weatherproof

Cons:
1) Slightly too small for my usage as I usually bring more tools
2) Not sure how secure the velcro straps are
3) No hook for hanging a rear light on the saddle bag

Seems that this is a saddle bag that is equally good or bad, depending on your preference and usage. It is great if you want a lightweight and compact saddle bag that is also weatherproof. However, if you are like me, and want to carry more stuff in your saddle bag, this one is not for you. In the end I decided to sell it off as it does not really suit my usage.

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