Wayne Hwrote a review of Louis Garneau Profile R-16 Bag on April 21, 2011
I have been reviewing Garneau bags because, apparently, I must have too much time on my hands.
I believe this bag is sometimes overlooked because its usually advertised in red which can be a little bright for some riders taste. The colors name is actually ginger. If red/ginger isnt your thing, please remember it comes in a very nice black with a touch of red striping. Whatever color you choose I think you will be more than happy with the striking good looks and excellent quality.
What caught my attention was the price which, when compared with bags of this quality, is more than fair.
The bag comes with lots of bells and whistles without becoming so complicated you need an instruction manual to operate it. I like the one large, roomy center pocket which is easily accessible with a double zipper. What I dont like is another set of zippers which allow expansion, however that is just my opinion. Its just more zippers and more things that could break or wear out. I like the fact that Garneau did not install zipper pulls for the expansion zippers so you can easily, and quickly, tell the difference between the two.
Other features include foam insulation for anything you want to keep cold on your journey. I like the Velcro side loops which can accommodate a pump. This is a very simple and inexpensive addition, but one that is welcomed and appreciated. Reflective piping, found on most bags of this caliber, is tastefully done. There are two roomy side pockets and one rear pocket, all with their quality made zipper pulls. I have always been a fan of the generous pocket sizes found on the Garneau bags because, after all, if the pocket is too small to put anything in, its worthless. Elastic side pockets on both sides are awesome for gloves or whatever. Another cool feature is the helmet harness which allows a perfect place to park your helmet when not in use.
Like most trunk bags it is fastened to the rear rack using Velcro strips. (Just what the hell would we do without Velcro?) Now the problem here is the strips are placed at the very front and very rear of the trunk bag. This is good if you have a rack that can accommodate these strips in those locations. My Toba rack, for example, can not. I had to find another way to secure the trunk to my rack. Im sure you can do the same, however I am hoping Garneau will work on a moveable/sliding mount that would accommodate more racks. What I really would like to do is to help Garneau create their own rear rack designed specifically for their bags however I dont think I have to wait around for that phone call.
The bag I reviewed was the Profile R-16. It should be noted they have other trunk bags you may want to consider including, the Stream R-12, (just who comes up with these names???), and the X-tra Steam bag. The R-12 is very similar to the R-16 however I dont believe it expands. The X-tra Steam has side pockets that fold down into small panniers.
I hope this review was helpful.
Enjoy the ride, it goes by fast