Topeak Aero Wedge Pack with Strap Mount
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- Material 1200 Denier Polyester
- DuPont Teflon Coating is light weight and provides durability and weather resistance
- Traditional strap mounting with nylon straps and plastic buckle
- 3M reflective strips
- Attachment for rear light
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Material 1200 Denier PolyesterDuPont Teflon Coating is light weight and provides durability and weather resistanceTraditional strap mounting with nylon straps and plastic buckle3M reflective stripsAttachment for rear light
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In the end, I'm glad I chose the large Topeak seat bag for my Trek DS 8.5 hybrid with stock seat. It fits perfectly under the seat and doesn't interfere while pedaling (see update below). The straps hold it very tightly to the underside of the seat and to the seatpost. The bag also has flexibility that allows it to be shifted in a downward direction on the seatpost rather than hanging the bulk of the bag from the bottom of the seat. For example, since my seatpost is rather high, I can shift the bulk of the bag onto the seatpost. I think it's better than the Avenir Bigmouth bag for one reason: The Topeak's cornucopia shape allows it to hug the seatpost a little better whereas the Avenir Bigmouth, to me, just looks like a big chunk hanging underneath the seat.
The bag has a zippered expandable section. With the bag in its fully open position, I can fit the following items (see my additional uploaded pictures):
IceToolz Steel Tire Levers Set, 3 Piece
2 valve adapters (Kool Stop Brass Card/12 PV Valve Adaptor (Pack of 12)) inside the patch kit
Innovations Air Chuck Elite Inflator including sleeve and CO2 cartridge
3 additional 16-gram CO2 cartridges
3" Pocket knife
Replacement 29er tire tube
2 AA batteries in plastic storage case for my GPS
4 AAA batteries in a plastic storage case for my Portland Design Works Radbot 1000 1W LED Tail Light
2 CR123 batteries in a plastic storage case for the Fenix PD30 flashlight/headlight
Fenix PD30R2 6 Level 235 Lumen LED Flashlight
Beretta 84FS small frame pistol in holster (biggest item by far in the bag)
Park Tool VP-1 Vulcanizing Patch Kit
Driver's license & other identification and a little cash in a tiny envelope
There's a bit more room to spare for a couple more items the size of CO2 cartridges, but there's no room left for a sandwich, wallet, or snack bar.
One minor gripe. With the bag tight against the seat bottom, it's a little difficult to get the zipper open. Other than that, I'm so pleased with the bag that I also bought one for my wife's bike.
Update: After getting more comfortable with the bike, I decided to adjust the stock seat forward for better posture. My legs now do touch the bag a bit while pedaling since I'm not able to move the bag toward the rear as far as I used to. I guess your mileage may vary depending on how your seat is positioned, and different seat bags that hang further back rather than snaking down the seatpost are probably less likely to interfere while pedaling. See extra uploaded pictures for a "top down" view of the bag under the seat. To solve this problem, I put two heavy duty zip strips at the appropriate height on my seat stem. This prevents the bottom velcro from sliding down the stem further than I wish. It works perfectly and prevents the bag from getting in the way of my legs while pedaling.
Also, be careful when carrying a lot of weight and attempting to use this on mountainbiking trails. After carrying the items listed above on intermediate singletrack for about 15 miles, the rear seam of the bag ripped. (See additional uploaded picture). I foresee no problem when using this bag on smooth trails, but--depending on the weight you're carrying--it might not be sturdy enough for offroad trails. I repaired my bag with heavy duty black quilting thread and just kept on trucking.
It's a good bag for a road bike, as long as your seat is raised 4"+ from its lowest position (more if you want to put a tail light below it). It's a bit hard to zip/unzip if pulled tight up against the seat. I have not had any issues with my thighs rubbing the bag. The bag seems fairly rugged, and has a reflective strip on the back. It attaches to the seat post via velcro (I trimmed mine so it wouldn't stick out), and attaches to the seat with buckles.
It has elastic straps along the inside top (2), outside bottom (2), and outside back (1), to hold things, in addition to a small elasticated pouch in the flap hanging open in the picture. I put my multi-tool in it.
As far as contents go, I've put a fruit, multi-tool, CO2 with inflator, patch kit, and keys in it without having it expanded, and with room to spare. It's really quite spacious.
With regard to rain/water: I have ridden at least 75, maybe 100 miles in wet/raining weather with this bag, and every time, my stuff inside has been either damp, or flat out wet. It is not weather proof (at least, mine isn't), but putting stuff in freezer bags should be just fine. That's the only reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars.
Despite it's "micro" size (not sure how people can complain about the size, it says micro!) there is plenty of room.Like many others I have the following minimalist items in mine, both road and MTB:
Multi tool, patch kit, 700c tube, 2 levers, 2 CO2 cartridges, nozzle, some cash, house key.
I've heard (though never tried...) you can use a 700c tube as a backup for a 29er, so I don't even bother trying to stuff a 29in tube in there. For longer MTB rides I leave this at home and use a camelbak anyway.
Durability seems great, I've had one for a few years now and just ordered another because I got tired of swapping one pack between two bikes.