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These kind of packs have been around for a long time and it's quite obvious that Topeak knows what will sell and at what price. Does it have what I needed in a pack? Well yea pretty much. Is the quality there? Really it's just acceptable. The zipper is good starting point. That's a cheap zipper folks. It also catches on the fabric. A nice YKK zipper is what you want but they of course cost a little more.
Another cheap feature is the velcro strap that connects to the seatpost. Those can really chew up shorts and after you cut the extra off so it doesn't catch you have to sew the end so it doesn't come loose at the end. I went ahead and ran a bead of silicone on the edges to ensure my shorts are protected from abrasion. Looks nice if you tape the middle to keep it neat.
While I had the silicone out I coated the elastic bands on the bottom for holding a pump. I had planned to use them and know they loose elasticity over time and the silicone will slow that process.
The ends of the saddle rail straps need a loop sewed on one for the other to thread through. Otherwise they flop around underneath. Not very aero Topeak. Just use a o-ring on yours.
One other feature that needed modification was the tailight holder. I commute at night and tailights need to aim straight back, not at the ground. So I made a little rubber wedge with ridges and glued it on. Keeps it nice and straight now. A little side note is that expanding the bag tends to have the same effect so if you use that you may be in luck.
The bag is a little difficult to open once attached as someone else noted otherwise I have no problem with the design. I wish they had a medium without the expanding bit as I find it plenty big already.
The reflective band is nice as is the saddle rail attachment except for the lack of a loop.
It was between this and and a Timbuk2 xt but there was no pump holder on that one. I ended mounting the pump elsewhere as my pump is the large sized Lezyne and looks a little lame sticking out. But BTD was sold out of the size and color I wanted anyway on the Timbuk2. Such is life. It's just a bike bag anyway. Someday maybe an aspiring bag maker will read a review such as this and will decide they are going to make a great bag. It's not that hard. I mostly fixed this one except for the zipper. I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed on that.
Oh and while you are creating the perfect bag make lots of cool colors and extra in medium sizes. Why is medium always sold out? Okay now I'm just getting greedy.
If you look at most bags you'll see that even after all these years most have some of these flaws so this is not to single out Topeak alone. I knew this bag would not be a great bag. You just try to figure out what will supply the most feat
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