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Small-to-medium size seat bags for your riding necessities

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The best saddle bags | Carry tools and other kit in comfort

Saddle bags come in handy on longer rides in particular and are ideal for storing essentials such as spare tubes, CO2 cylinders, multi-tools and tyre levers.

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Here are several of the best saddle bags that we’ve put to the test.

Best saddle bags in 2020

  • Thule Shield (small): £25
  • Carradice CarraDura Mini: £11
  • Deuter Bag 1: £15 / AU$25
  • Evoc saddle bag: £17 / $20
  • Fizik Lin:k medium: £19 / $30 / €23
  • Lezyne Caddy (medium): £25 / $26 / AU$43
  • Ortlieb Micro Two: £25 / $35 / €25
  • Birzman Zyklop Gike: £16
  • Lezyne Aero Caddy: £32 / $35
  • Topeak Aero Wedge (small): £14 / $20 / AU$30

Thule Shield seat bag (small)

4.5 out of 5 star rating
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The Thule Shield has a 0.7l capacity and is impressively waterproofed.
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  • Weight: 141g
  • Price: £25

The smaller of Thule’s two Shield bags still has a capacity of 0.7l – which is enough for a wide 27.5in inner tube, multitool and CO2 cartridge – and is impressively waterproofed, thanks to its welded seams and roll-top closure.

It attaches to the saddle and seatpost with the usual Velcro straps, one of which is reflective, as is the rear light loop.

Carradice CarraDura Mini

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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The CarraDura Mini is a well-priced, fully featured saddle pack if you’re travelling light.
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  • Weight: 97g
  • Price: £11

A dinky little 0.5l bag with a small opening that will just about take the essential tube, tool, tyre levers and CO2 – but nowt more! The polyester material is tough, the zip is waterproofed and there are reflective details in addition to the reflective rear light loop.

Carradice has also managed a couple of wide elastic straps to secure a mini-pump. A well-priced, fully featured saddle pack if you’re travelling light.

Deuter Bag 1

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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Deuter’s Bag 1 saddle bag is built tough.
  • Weight: 98g
  • Price: £15 / AU$25

With a rigid top and bottom, and sides that concertina, this 98g bag feels larger than its 0.8l capacity. This easily takes a couple of tubes and all the usual gubbins.

It’s very tidily made, has a loop zip-pull and our experience of Deuter bags suggests it should last for years. Velcro straps secure it to seatpost and saddle, and there are reflective details.

Evoc saddle bag

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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The Evoc Saddle Bag is one of the lightest designs out there.
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  • Weight: 78g
  • Price: £17 / $20

Evoc’s little fella is a weight weenie-friendly 78g, with a 0.7-litre volume that’ll take a pair of inner tubes at a push, tyre levers and a multi-tool, and there’s a small elasticated pocket inside too, ideal for keys.

Fitting is the usual Velcro straps affair, there are reflective details and a rear light loop, for what is a very nifty, tough-feeling bag.

Fizik Lin:k medium

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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There are reflective logos and reflective piping encircling both sides on this effective seat pack.
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  • Weight: 79g
  • Price: £19 / $30 / €23

This may only have a 0.5l volume but the side opening – with a waterproof zip around most of the length – makes it easier to load and use than some of the other similar-sized bags.

It also means it’ll take a wide 27.5in inner tube, tool, levers and canister. The three Velcro straps keep it tight, there are reflective logos and reflective piping encircling both sides on this effective seat pack.

Lezyne Caddy (medium)

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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Lezyne’s Caddy is easily removed from its hardware.
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  • Weight: 140g
  • Price: £25 / $26 / AU$43

The 0.5-litre Caddy weighs 98g with an extra 42g for the saddle attachment. It’s a doddle to unclip the Caddy, which is chock-full of features for such a diddly bag: external multi-tool pocket, internal dividers and a water-resistant zip.

There’s enough room for the essentials – tube, tools, CO2 – and it boasts good build quality and easy carry-and-go portability.

Ortlieb Micro Two

4.0 out of 5 star rating
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The roll-top design with elastic drawstrings keeps everything inside bone dry.
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  • Weight: 156g
  • Price: £25 / $35 / €25

Unlike the other packs on test, this has a mounting bracket that attaches to your saddle – spare brackets are available. The 0.8l pack will take a wide inner tube and more besides, but the end opening can make it slightly awkward to access.

The flipside is that the roll-top design with elastic drawstrings keeps everything inside bone dry. It’s easy to clip and unclip and there’s a large rear reflective patch.

Birzman Zyklop Gike

3.5 out of 5 star rating
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The Birzman Zyklop Gike is light and small and one for the more minimalist rider.
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  • Weight: 66g
  • Price: £16

It’s secure on the bike, light and small and one for the more minimalist rider – but even with just 0.5l capacity there is still room for a road inner tube, a couple of tyre levers and a CO2 cannister.

It’s the usual three Velcro strap attachment and there’s a small Velcro mesh pocket inside. The ‘water-repellent’ polyester lived up to its name, although we’d have liked reflective details as well as a light loop.

Lezyne Aero Caddy

3.5 out of 5 star rating
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With The Aero Caddy’s 1.1-litre capacity you could carry an extra energy bar or two.
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  • Weight: 141g
  • Price: £32 / $35

If you like to carry more than the bare minimum – perhaps adding an energy bar or two to the usual tools, tube and CO2 cannisters – then the Aero Caddy’s 1.1-litre capacity might be for you. It’ll take wider inner tubes, has a Velcro-secured inner pocket, a mesh pocket and an internal key loop.

The zip is waterproof, it has reflective logos and a light loop, and it appears tough and well made.

Topeak Aero Wedge (small)

3.5 out of 5 star rating
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Topeak’s distinctive Aero Wedge saddle bag.
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  • Weight: 98g
  • Price: £14 / $20 / AU$30

These come in three different sizes and with clip-on or buckle fittings. Our small 98g buckle-on bag has a 0.66-litre capacity and is made from tough Cordura coated with Teflon.

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We’d have appreciated reflective details on the sides as well as the rear, but that’s the only downside on a sturdy bag that’ll take two tubes, a multi-tool and more.