Miss Grape Cluster 13 Saddle Bag review£115.00

Italian design for your next adventure

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Michele Boschetti founded Miss Grape in Veneto, Italy in 2014 after creating luggage for his own unsupported bike packing trips. This is the smaller of two Cluster bags, which come in 13 or 20-litre sizes.

The 418g Cluster is made from a dotted black nylon fabric that’s highly abrasion- and tear-resistant but still flexible. A polyurethane coating makes it water repellent, but the corner seams aren’t taped, so you’ll need a liner.

The underside and below saddle section are covered with a tough wipe-clean PVC layer, and a roll closure with adjustable buckles keeps differing load volumes snug.

Cluster 13 stability

Two Velcro straps with rubber backing combine with a rubber portion on the bag to grip the seatpost and you’ll need about 20cm beneath your saddle rails to fit it.

Strong polypropylene straps loop through each rail and are tightened by buckled straps that extend from the base. Even when fully laden and riding out of the saddle on uneven ground there was minimal sway.

Cluster 13 performance

After stuffing the Cluster with my sample load, I still had some room to spare. Judicious kit selection and spreading spares out in to pockets would allow the thrifty packer to manage a couple of days’ travel in reasonable weather.

The bag’s position never interfered with pedalling, either.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
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