363 of 367 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2007
Ok. It's a wedge. It doesn't really have to do much except hold a few things and fit under the saddle. My requirements were:
1.) Well made--check.
The construction of the Topeak Aero Wedge is solid. Quality fabric on the upper portion; the lower portion (lighter in color in the pic) has a plastic-like shell (to help repel water and dirt). The quick release buckles (for the straps that attach it to the saddle rails) are (relatively) beefy for what they have to do. The pack has some reinforcements so that it holds its shape regardless of whether you have it empty or full. Also, when attached to my saddle, the Topeak Aero Wedge does not rattle or move around too much while I ride.
2.) Holds my stuff--check.
I needed a seat wedge to hold 3 things for my ride--my wallet and cash, my (large) cellphone (Cingular 8125), and my keys. The medium Topeak Aero Wedge does so with room to spare--AND that's without having expanded the thing. I can easily stuff a small toolkit, tube or a wrench or two in there as well if I expand it. If you're stuck for space, there are a few elastic loops on the bottom which are designed to hold a small hand/CO2 pump.
3.) Safety features--check.
My final requirement was that the wedge has some basic safety features. The Topeak Aero Wedge has a reflective strip across the rear of the pack as well as a loop on the lower portion of the rear to clip a reflector or a light to it. I don't understand why so many seat packs out there do not feature this.
Some other features: The interior has a couple of elastic loops across the top, useful for holding a tool kit or a tube separate from your other stuff. The opening flap has a small mesh pocket that you can use to hold money or your keys. The opening flap is also gusseted (small flaps on either side that go up approximately halfway), so that you can open it while it's attached to the bike and stuff won't fall out to one side or the other.
Finally, I chose the "strap-on" version versus the "clip-on" version (Areo Wedge Pack with fixer) because 1.) I feel that the straps allow the pack to ride "higher" and "tighter" into the saddle, and 2.) the quick release tab on the clip-on version seems thin and flimsy and might break off. I don't know if it's replaceable on the clip-on version.
130 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2008
This Topeak seat bag is a great little bag. The medium size is a perfect fit on my road bike. Just big enough to hold all my essentials, yet not so big that it touches the backs of my legs while pedaling. I can fit 2 inner tubes, 2 tire levers, multi-tool, a C02 inflater & extra cartridge, plus my cellphone into this bag. I also love how it slopes downward to contour the lines of a road bike. But I think one of the best features of this bag, is that there are elastic straps and a pocket to hold loose items in place so that they don't bounce around and make a lot of racket.
54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2007
I bought this pack for my Trek 6000 mountain bike. It is just big enough for a spare tube and the Blackburn Airfix inflator/multitool. It is small enough to fit perfectly under the back of my saddle without any protrusion and small enough not to add too much weight. I chose the velcro version because they can be tightened up closer to the bottom of the saddle and more securely. The other version seems to hang from the saddle and bounce freely under it.
As a side note, I have the small aero wedge pack with velcro for my Trek road bike because the tube takes much less space. A tight fit with both and carrying what I really need in case of a flat, chain problem or necessary tweak.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2009
I picked the medium based on all the reviews I read. It fits an inner-tube, t-wrench and tire levers. I can probably squeeze a phone in and some keys. There isn't much room left although and can unzip the mid zipper and get about an inch more. Construction is good and fit is a bit awkward as it doesn't fit the contour of the seat post and the seat bottom on my bike. I opted for the velcro model after all the bad reviews regarding the one with the "fixer". Overall I'm satisfied. I can't imagine buying the small model if you want to carry a tube and some wrenches.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2013
After looking for a wedge pack, and reading many reviews on many different ones, I finally settled on this one. From the pictures, the quality seemed extremely good, and some of the reviews I read were showering praises on it. (and rightly so)
I think if you have decided upon the Topeak Wedge Pack, (and that's really an easy choice if you have a road bike, and need a small pack), the harder choice is choosing what size you want.
There are four sizes to choose from:
3. Medium (This pack)
While, determining the size would depend on what you plan to use it for, and what you want it to hold, I think the Medium is perfect if you just want to hold the following:
1. 1 spare tube. (or 2 if you must
2. Puncture Kit. (not required, but still, nice to have.)
Slime Skabs Peel and Stick patches + Tire Levers.
3. Muti Tool
Crankbrothers M 19
4. A small First Aid kit.
5. Cash - 20-25$ in 1$,5$ and 10$ denominations.
I could throw my keys in too.
Additional Points to Note:
* I don't carry CO2 cartridges/pump, as I have a hand pump, and don't find the need for additional CO2 cartridges or pump. (Topeak Peakini II). I don't know how large those inflators are, and I am not sure if it would fit inside.
* I also don't necessarily carry my phone in it. (Although there certainly is room inside for it.)
* I don't carry food in it yet. Most of my rides are ~25miles and I don't find the need to carry food. But if you did want to carry an energy bar or two, I am sure there would be space.
I would put most things inside ziplocks too, before I put it in the pack- that way I can forget about them for a while.
Depending on if you needed to put in more or less things, you could get a different size, but medium should maybe be your default choice.
Pros of the pack:
1. Construction: The construction is simply top notch. The material is excellent, with a lower plastic like coating.
2. Reflector - 3M Reflective Patch - Much Appreciated. It is minor things like this that make an excellent product.
3. Quality of Zippers- the zippers (there are two - one for opening the pack, and another for expanding it. The buckles and Welcro also seem like they will hold very well.
4. Elastic loops - there are two elastic loops on the bottom - which is easy to miss. You could attach something like a CO2 pump to this. There is also a loop onto which you can attach your rear light. (considering the pack might take up the real estate where your light currently sits) There are a couple of elastic loops on the inside in the top as well - this could hold your tire levers, a tube or again your CO2 pump.
5. Mesh Pocket - The Mesh pocket which is on the opening flap is the ideal place to put things you need to quickly retrieve like cash, your keys ..etc. I checked and it fits an iPhone 4/4S comfortably. Iphone5 - nope. Too big.
* The expandable concept is a nice idea (I have had several samsonite backpacks and suitcases that do it as well, but in this case, when you don't want to expand it, that portion takes up some room inside. Not a major complaint, but still... a minor annoyance.
* Some of the loops on the inside and under the pack are easy to miss, and not mentioned in the packaging it came with - this should have been added. Again a minor thing, which will not stop me from giving this product 5 stars.
All in all, a very well thought out, and an extremely well constructed wedge pack for a reasonable price.
I will update this review with how it holds up over time, and how happy I am with the fit on my bike.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2008
This bag is perfect for any bike. It has a surprising capacity and a sharp style. The size and shape is perfect for storing spare tubes and repair tools with perhaps room to spare for keys. Thanks to the secure straps, this bag stays put and doesn't budge. One reason I chose this bag over other bags such as the Specialized dirt bag is that that this bag maintains it's shape no matter what is inside. Where other bags tend to look unattractive and deformed when partly filled, this bag always remains stylish. An excellent product.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2009
I generally ride between 15 and 50 miles on a daily basis. I needed a pack that would be able to hold the essentials without being huge. The Topeak was the perfect solution.
Here's what is in my pack (with the pack expanded):
1 - Inflator nozzle
2 - CO2 cartridges
2 - Tire sticks
1 - Spare tube (700x25) in its box
1 - Large cellphone (Blackberry Storm)
1 - DL & Credit Card
1 - Set of car keys
1 - Powerbar Gel Pack
If I do not bring my cellphone, I can easily close the expansion zipper.
This pack holds everything quite nicely and the it is firmly held to the bike. My only concern is that the zipper touches the underside of the seat, making it rather difficult to zip/unzip the pack. Other than that, it's great.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
The bag was nice but just didn't last. This bag seemed to be well made and looked good under my seat. It was relatively water resistant for my stuff on the inside and if cinched tightly, it didn't have an excessive amount of jiggle. The medium bag easily fits a tube, bike multi tool, keys and a cell phone. I used it solely off road for 2 months before one of the straps pulled its stitching loose which also ripped the side of the bag. For the duration, it only held a tube, plastic tire tools, multi tool, and occasionally a cell phone, so it was certainly not overly taxed with weight.
For perspective, I should say that I ride on fairly rough trails and average 200+ off road miles per month. However, I have a Cannondale seat bag that has lasted for 15 years under similar conditions and is still functioning. I'm sure I'll never find a bag to top that but I want more than 2 months out of it. For road riders, I could recommend this bag. For off road, it is not up to the task.
I contacted Topeak and they suggested I send it back and they would replace it. The replacement was the same model bag which will have the same problem, but at least the customer service was good.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2010
I've been riding with this wedge for less than a year, with about 1,700 miles of use. I researched extensively and was willing to pay a few extra $ for a higher quality product. At first was very happy with the wedge and its size, quality, and feel. I was very disappointed when I noticed a seam coming apart after about 7 months. There is a thin plastic(?) insert in the bag keeping the wedge stiff from the opening along its top that aligns perfectly with the top seam by the opening. The swinging of the wedge that comes from normal riding and hill climbing will cause this stiff insert to rub against this seam breaking it down. Its just a matter of time. 7 months is not what I would consider acceptable product durability. This is my second bad experience with a Topeak product. There won't be any more opportunities for a third.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
I have less than 100 miles of use with this bag. The stitching is coming loose and there's a hole worn near the start of the zipper. The bag hasn't held up to the abuse of mountain biking.