We have been working on a saddle bag for a while now, as with all of our products it is something I personally use so when it comes to designing one I have first hand experience with what it should and shouldn’t have. There are many products out there already that perform this task from generic mass produced versions to tailored items from small bespoke independent makers. I wanted a product that was a step away from these, something that conveyed our sense of function and style, “tech chic”.
The compact design gives the Plan B an aero look while having the capacity to carry some of the largest tubes, up to 29 x 2.3 with tools and CO2. The adjustable mounting strap can be used to compress the unit down if your requirements are more on the lightweight side. The overall dimensions are 80mm wide, 130mm long and 60mm tall depending on which way you squeeze it. The weight comes in at 95g which isn’t bad considering the durability of the product.
The specs run down as follows, 1000D or 900D Nylon shell, Number 5 PU coated zip, paracord zipper pull, 300D Nylon liner, 2 HD Elastic loops and a 25mm mounting strap with a magnetic hook fastener.
In typical fashion most of the concepts and designs didn’t make it past the first prototype. Finally we settled on a shape that was already familiar to us, with a final tweak in the overall dimensions the Plan B was born. Thank you to Jordan Taylor for the awesome name. We also added the magnetic hook to the mounting strap as an easy to negotiate fastener whilst wearing gloves. The zip cover performs two functions, the first is it stops the zipper pull from dangling about and the second is it prevents the contents from spilling out once it is open.
Some people have commented that the original was too big and having used that size I concur, it was. That is why it has been scaled down to 0.5 litres. Another comment discussed was a lack of seat post mount. I have demo’d this personally and riders from a broad variety of disciplines will all agree that if the load is compressed correctly it just does not need this feature. The added bonus of not having a post mount is the free running of dropper posts.
The general summary of the Plan B is that it performs perfectly, A saddle bag that works on the road and in the dirt. I used mine on the trail and I didn’t even notice it was there when cornering, hitting jumps and smashing drops. When it was time to actually open it up it was too easy, the magnetic clip and paracord zipper pull was simple to handle even with full finger gloves on.
At present there are only 12 colour options available in our webstore, more will be added over the next few days. There will also be a custom builder page where you can create your own Plan B with the massive variety of colours we have.
We are currently taking pre orders for the Plan B with a release date of the 9th of June.
As always our products are made in Australia and have free global shipping.