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!