Carradice Camper, leather attachment straps replaced with REI gear straps
Revelate framebag; medium, misfit to older Pugsley frame
Revelate Pocket, front handlebar bag
Revelate Gas Tank, top tube bag
Drybags and gear sacks:
Sea-to-Summit e-Vent compression sack: contains sleeping bag, down jacket and VBL attached with REI gear straps
Sea-to-Summit, durable welded drybag: contains tent, excluding poles and stakes
Outdoor Research, silnylon stuffsack; contains clothing, stored in saddlebag
Outdoor Research, silnylon drybag; contains camera
assorted silnylon and uncoated nylon bags for organization and moisture resistance
Big Agnes silnylon gear bags, assorted; for tent poles and stakes
Ziploc style bags for dry foods, electronic chargers, passports and papers
plastic bread bags for external hard drive and MacBook charger, books, postcards, etc.
small clutch (hand purse) for tools
REI nylon gear straps (preferred)
generic reflective Velcro straps to attach raingear to D-loops on saddlebag
Velco strap to contain tightly rolled sleeping pad, stored in drybag
The Revelate equipment utilizes lightweight, abrasion resistant Dimension Polyant VX-series fabrics and water-resistant zippers. The VX sailcloth fabric, also called X-Pac, is extremely durable and is technically waterproof although it is common to find moisture inside the bags as with waterproof panniers, like Ortliebs. Even a waterproof bag is susceptible to atmospheric moisture. The stitching and construction of the Revelate bags is superb and the large zipper on the framebag has been trouble-free, despite much hard use. Handmade in Anchorage, AK.
The Carradice Camper saddlebag is made from a durable waxed cotton fabric, with leather straps. A wooden dowel is screwed to the bag as a stiffener. The bags are handmade in Nelson, England.
I have repaired several leather straps as the stitching has pulled away from hard use. I also broke the original wooden dowel. My replacement is of a larger diameter and is assembled with a nut and bolt, through a hole drilled into the dowel. Eventually, the straps that attach to the saddle loops wear due to abrasion, whether leather or nylon. The main cause is that a thin steel stock is used to make the loops. I carry spare nylon straps and hope to make a rubber shim to prevent abrasion in the future. Occasionally, I apply a fresh coat of wax to the bag, either Filson’s, Martinex, or Sno-Seal. In place of flimsy saddlebag supports, I prefer a more rugged mini-rack such as the the VO Pass Hunter, which mounts to the cantilever posts and only weighs 250g. A Nitto M-18 is more adaptable, and fits nicely on the Pugsley. Carradice bags are as waterproof as any other bag I have used, including welded plastic panniers. A breathable fabric, even as simple as cotton duck canvas, begins to breathe as soon as the rain lets up.
The longflap is invaluable for carrying large, unexpected loads. Mine has swallowed a bear resistant canister in Denali National Park, cakes and pies, or a twelve pack of beer. There are no guarantees that a cake will remain unharmed, however.
It has worn some from use, but “This item handcrafted in Nelson, England by: Priscilla”.
The 11″ MacBook Air fits perfectly in the vertical position at the back of the bag. It is padded by a soft case and half of a state gazetteer. The side pockets are huge on the Camper.
Maintenance. A fresh waterproofing coat.
Repairs. I love these inexpensive straps from REI, if I haven’t said it already. They never break and the sliders don’t slip.
Joe Cruz calls my luggage system, and my entire bike, “hobo chic”. It works, and that’s what matters.