Blackburn Outpost Seat Pack & Handlebar Roll

Nothing like popping tags from your review bags at the airport, moments before starting a four day cycle trip, to ensure a whole hearted review of the kit.  Embarrassingly so! This trip was going to put me through my paces so my gear needed to stack up.

Nothing like popping tags from your review bags at the airport, moments before starting a four day cycle trip, to ensure a whole hearted review of the kit.  Embarrassingly so! This trip was going to put me through my paces so my gear needed to stack up.

I had a front harness that clipped onto my handlebars and a rear bag.  While the front attachment had a few parts to manipulate I managed to get everything screwed into place with my allen key (and only attached it upside down once).  No parts left over was a sign of success - the harness securely clipping onto attachment was another.

The Blackburn cycle bags use a dry bag and harness system. You stuff your kit into dry bags then fit, adjust and tighten the bags into place. This system allowed for 1.5 litres per bag – plenty for four days on the road. The bags were waterproof, dust proof and even Weka proof.

With gravel roads turning to rock and boulders, we needed stability. The front clip and harness system may have been a little more heavy than the usual Velcro system yet so strong and durable with no sway or swag. While the rear bag did have a little sway, because it was fully packed up, it was more due to my developing packing skills and didn’t affect my riding.

The handlebar roll also had a tie and strap system to enable you to easily attach more kit. This was perfect for tying down the tents and sleeping mats and even a few dozen frozen sausages to thaw out! 

Having tried a number of different bag types recently, I am feeling pretty happy with this brand. While it was a little tricky to get the rear bag clipped up under the saddle, you do get used to this and work out your personal squat, grip and grunt technique. I think these bags will be my ‘go long’ go-to bags. Despite being able to fasten some sausages to the front bag, I did find getting to food quickly a bit fiddly, yet I have just spied the Blackburn Outpost Carryall bags.  These look like they will do the trick!


Words & Images: Philippa Friary & Cameron Mackenzie

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