Outback Saddlebag Pre-Order
Outback Saddlebag Pre-Order
This product is always made-to-order, in batches, 4-5 times per year. The fall pre-order is expected to open early November, with a ship date in time for Christmas. Sign up for my newsletter and/or follow in Instagram to stay informed.
The Outback Saddlebag was originally constructed for the Oregon Outback ride--a dusty, self-supported gravel route that traverses over 350 miles of Eastern Oregon. This is a classic saddlebag design built for touring, bike camping and grocery-getting. Many upgrades and design tweaks have found their way into the latest version of this touring staple.
Spring 2019 updates: This bag has its roots deep in classic canvas saddlebags, but the newest incarnation offers the most versatility and water protection yet. This season the front flap grew to ensure total coverage, promising to deflect every drop of rainwater. I’ve switched to a lighter weight synthetic liner and interior drawstring (rather than last year’s roll-top closure). The new closure offers the same capacity but reduces the weight of this bag significantly, and simplifies getting in-and-out of the bag. The drawstring closure is massive, so you can overstuff it, cinch it closed, roll it down and pull it all together with a center strap.
The latest version includes:
Multiple daisy chains across the back & bottom of the bag allow more versatility in attaching the bag. Attach to saddle + seat post, or saddle + rack/support, or handlebars + head tube, or handlebars + front rack/support…get weird!
The dowel is external and easily removable. You can replace it with whatever you want, or use the bag without the dowel if you run it up front on some flatish handlebars (you’ll need at least 14” of width).
Personalize your strap kit to work for your bike. Set it up for easy on/off the bike with lever locking straps, or leather buckle-straps for a more permanent installation.
Duraflex hardware has replaced some of the brass, reducing weight, cost and jingle-jangle noises. You can also choose if you’d like the d-rings on the flap to be black nylon or traditional brass.
Mega drawstring closure nearly doubles the capacity of this bag, and keeps dust and rainwater out.
A lightweight plastic insert helps the bag hold its shape (and it’s removable if you’re not into that).
The Outback is fully lined with a DWR coated waterproof nylon. It’s hella water-repellent and hella neon (making it easy to find stuff inside).
Volume/dimensions: 13” wide (+ 3” for each pocket) x 7” wide x 8” tall rolled, or 17” tall unrolled. Total volume is about 11 liters rolled to its minimum capacity, excluding the pockets—up to 20 liters unrolled.
About strap kits:
Kit #1: Two leather buckle straps, one nylon lever-locking strap. Good for setup through tabs on a saddle, running without a rack, or on handlebars. Nylon strap connects to head tube (front) or seat tube (rear).
Kit #2: Three nylon lever-locking straps. Good for setup as a front bag, easier on/off if using this as a commuter bag.
Kit #3: Two leather buckle straps and two Velcro straps. Good for setup through tabs on a saddle, with a rack or bag support.
No straps; come up with your own! I heard Golden Pliers has some cool Voilé Straps…
Super durable & waterproof heavyweight waxed canvas
"Wings" on front flap deflect rainwater
Adjustable straps double back on themselves to eliminate danglers
Multiple D-rings & daisy chains for lashing extra gear to the bag's exterior, or attaching a rear light
Two covered side pockets with adjustable closures offer about 1L each of added capacity
Additional d-rings above each pocket for attaching a shoulder strap for off-the-bike carrying. Click here to see shoulder strap options.
Exterior: 18oz Martexin Original Waxed canvas
Front flap design: 10 oz natural waxed canvas & felted wool
Liner: 2.2 oz Hex ripstop nylon w/ DWR coating
Hardware: brass (d-rings, grommets), Duraflex nylon (buckles & cord locks)
Trim & webbing: nylon
Each saddlebag is made to order, so you choose your wool colors! Black and Gray come with black straps and trim, Tantastic has olive green straps and trim.
Please note in the comments when you checkout:
Choose up to 2 colors for the wool triangle pattern. See swatches for color descriptions.
If you live in Portland and don't want your item shipped, please select "Local Pickup" as your shipping option and I will email you to schedule a pickup. And you can always email me with questions.
The Outback Saddlebag does not require a rack unless your seat has low clearance above the rear wheel (less than 9 vertical inches between seat and wheel). Using some sort of rack or support can keep the bag from touching your legs, and is preferred by many. I understand bike setups vary greatly, so please email me if you have questions about how to fit this bag to your bike.
I think it goes without saying that custom bags such as this are nonrefundable.
If you don't have a saddle with loops under it (like a Brooks), you can add these nifty loops from Velo Orange--they're specifically made for carrying a saddlebag.
For vegan options (non-leather, non-wool), please email me and we'll work something out!