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  Sackville SaddleSack Large - Olive - 20133



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SaddleSack Large

Our new Sackville series bags are as fine as saddlebags get. The Britamerican materials (including waxed and waterproof cotton duck),the Connecticut craftsmanship, the California design, the melted thread-ends, and the total absence of any cost-cutting measures add up to bags that cost us a mint to make, are worth three mints, but cost you only a mint and a half. They're over-the-top good and a joy to use.They load and unload easier than any saddlebags we've used; they're more secure; they're more handsome.

They are the result of 20 years of nearly daily saddlebag use, for every purpose imaginable, and extensive (and expensive) experience with every top brand made here or anywhere else. There are many fine bags around. None this good.

Not bulged (imagine): 1700 cubic inches, or 27.8 liters (the British way)
Bulged but not ridiculous: 1984 cubic inches, or 32.5 liters
The pocket adds about 50 cubic inches, or .82 liters

Partly loaded. Stuff on the ground fit in too: Small melon, large grapefruit, 4 pears, bag-o-flax chips, pound-o-grapes, 7 big oranges, 6 avocados, tub-o-hummus, tub-o-sushi, 2 burritos, 2 bags pita chips, 12 apples, bag of carrots, 30 tangerines, 3 choco-bars. Fit in fine.

This LARGE SaddleSack is the most capacious, easiest-to-load/unload saddlebag we've ever offered. It's big enough to require a rack or some kind of under-support, but it holds a massive heap of anything. Ideal for camping, commuting, shopping. Combined with a bag or basket up front, it's great for ultralight week-long tours.

On the country side, you can force in a tent, sleeping bag, clothing, toiletries, and small stove and kitchen.

On the city side, a laptop, books and files up the wazoo, and shoes and clothing loosely packed.

On the shopping side, stacks of binders, and armfuls of cauliflower, or a Thanksgiving dinner for four, turkey included. (One of the photos shows what Jay here recently picked up on a shopping run for lunch and snacks here.)
Yet it's light, and never in the way even empty.

Two large, zippered side pockets are easy to get at while riding. Another two zipper pockets face the rider (you), and are perfect for cell phones, small cameras, sandwiches, handkerchiefs, sunglasses, and notepads.

The removable flaptop pocket is good for anything you want to take with you while you lock your bike outside the store. You can rig up your own shoulder strapa spare shoelace will do, but in keeping with the quality of the bag, make it a superfine shoelace.

The bottom leather strip has four sets of parallel slots that let you zip-tie it to a rack. These slots are easily accessed, and stabilize the back no matter what's in it. You can use one set on each side and that'll be fine, but using all four makes it as unbudgeable as a nearly buried boulder.

In the interest of overkill, the rider-side patch has a slot that fits the R14 Top rack perfectly. It'll work fine with a Mark's rack, too.

The bottom stiffener is USA-made Corroplast. It's featherweight, waterproof, velcro'd in place so it's removable, and it's white, so when you're down to one layer it's easy to see stuff against it. This corrugated plastic the only cheapish thing about the bag, but Corroplast has been around forever, and plastic tho-it-may-be, it's perfect for this task. Long live Corroplast! (it will).

Approximately 17.25" wide, 8.5" tall and 13" deep.

If this bag is too big for you, look at the MEDIUM SaddleSack.

*We shouldn't have to say this, but please don't put waxed cotton bags into a washing machine -- especially not hot wash!

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 14   Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Cavernous April 21, 2015
Reviewer: David Gardner from Thermopolis, WY United States  
Well made out quality materials. Really big, I've never needed to cram it all the way full. Huge.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Love it July 22, 2013
Reviewer: Dave from Buffalo, NY United States  
Very nice looking. People often notice it rather than the stunningly beautiful Homer on which it sits.

But function is where it really shines. There are four pockets and detachable pouch, all accessible while riding. Even the main compartment is accessible while riding.

This is perfect for shopping and light touring. It's very big and can be overstuffed. It's waterproof and less affected by wind than panniers. I keep it on my bike at all times, even for day or group rides because it simply has no negative impact on my riding.

I wouldn't mind if there were  leather covering over the zipper on the behind-the-thigh pockets (to keep water out) because these are perfect pockets for cellphones and cameras, but when I'm caught in a downpour I simply move my electronics to the side pockets.

I agree with using a toe strap to secure the bag to the rack, but lately I don't even bother securing it at all. It really doesn't need it.

Excellent design. Well worth the money.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Goes "Invisible" When Using It June 11, 2013
Reviewer: Patrick from Pikes Peak, Colorado  
Though only a few rides in, I am very familiar from 15 months of using my other SaddleSacks and TourSacks. I know and trust the heartiness and rain/snow proof that stuff will stay dry without any added liners.

The best gear becomes "invisible," so I only interact or notice it when I am putting stuff in or taking stuff out, and even then it should be simple and without hassle. This bag easily carries a full day's worth of clothing and gear for the range of weather the Colorado Rockies tosses my way.

Loading it is simple. Minimal thought and brain energy required. It's one big cavernous maw and you just fill it. Wonder where your stuff is? One place. That's big. Taking less? It does that well too. Taking more than goes inside? Irish straps and the d-rings on top take care of that. Lock, Irish straps and miscellaneous "always" carry items fit graciously in the side pockets. Maps in the removable pocket on top.

I've found the one rear bag that will live on my Hunqapillar.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Splendid January 23, 2013
Reviewer: Anne from  
This bike lives on my go-anywhere Atlantis. It's way better than panniers for handling the random stuff I might be hauling around: a notebook and laptop, my purse, some extra clothing, stuff I've bought on a shopping trip, groceries I pick up on the way home, anything. The big wide opening at the top makes it easy to load, it holds a ton of stuff, and it's handsome. If I accidentally buy too many groceries, the top expands to hold them and strap them in.

Plus my stuff doesn't get wet, even when it rains. The Saddlesack is the perfect commuter bag. You should buy one and put it on your bike.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A work of art and a wonder of nature. November 3, 2012
Reviewer: Marty from Oakland, CA United States  
Fantastic, like everyone says. Some new thoughts.

1. Use your old leather toe clip straps to attach these to your rack. As others say, skinny zip ties will cut the leather. If you use zip ties, poke 'em into the bag and back through. Leather toe clip straps look fine and work well though.

2. You can hide the tiny but wonderful Lezyne pump under the plastic Corroplast where bad guys won't see it when you parked. (Riv should sell the Lezyne -- much better design than the SKS).

3. The best feature is not shown in the photos -- the removable snap on pocket that rides on top. It carries simple tools, keys, wallet, anything you don't want to carry or leave on the bike when you stop. Sweet.

4. The side pockets hold this lock http://goo.gl/JOEZ4, which is terrific so long as your wheels have locking skewers. Locking the bike takes literally 6-7 seconds.

Like the man says, if you are not sure about big vs. medium, go big and give it a week or two. You will never look back.

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