Seat bags are great. Allen wrenches, a multi-tool, a tube, and some tire levers right there under your seat when you need them. The problem that we’ve always found with seat bags, however, is the size. Manufacturers seem to get shy when it comes to making a seat bag that can actually carry a useful amount of gear. We’d like to carry two tubes, a multi-tool, a snack, our tire levers, a chain breaker, a couple CO2 cartridges, and an ultralight rain jacket. It looks like we’ll need to ditch the wimpy seat bag and reach for the Chrome Knurled Welded Gravel Seatbag.
The Knurled Welded Gravel Seatbag carries all of that gear and more. The unique cinch system allows your load to extend well past the back of your saddle, so there’s room to spare. You don’t have to worry about the weather, either. The PU-coated 600-denier polyester panels are held together with welded seams — completely waterproof and ready for anything.
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I view this as special bag for certain rides, where I need extra capacity or where it might be raining. I am not using this as an everyday seat bag. I have not figured out how to organize it yet well enough to use it more. There is only one big pouch. No smaller compartments. So, when you need something from the bag, generally everything in the bag needs to come out. Not really a big deal as many seat bags are like this.
What I like about this bag is its size, it holds tools, tubes, jacket, gloves, arm warmers, it is water proof and it is a very light bag given how much it holds.
The problem I found is that it takes some effort to stuff it just right so that it remains stiff behind the seat. I used the bag to ride up Haleakala and on the way up it was just great. I took great pains to stuff the bag just right with the heavy and smaller gear towards the seat post (like the tools and tubes) and then the jacket kind of stretched out towards the back of the bag. If the heavier tubes are not in the right place on this bag, it can just look limp, but it does still work.
Once I took all my gear out at the top for the ride down, I was able to roll it up pretty small and it held its shape. However, when I finally got down lower on the mountain where it was really warm the bag was tough to get repacked with my gear so that it held its shape like I had it before I started the ride. That was a bummer but again, it held my gear and nothing fell out. Perhaps with more experience I may be able to master this bag.