Rapha + Apidura Saddle Pack review$160.00

Brevet makeover of Apidura's Compact Saddle Pack

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Rapha’s collaboration with British bike packing pioneer Apidura has produced a distinctive version of the 11-litre Apidura Compact Saddle Pack.

Rapha + Apidura Saddle Pack construction

The main body uses four-layer, laminated Dimension Polyant VX21 fabric that’s light, doesn’t stretch and is tear-and abrasion-resistant and waterproof. Even so, the seams can let in water during prolonged rain, so an impermeable liner is advisable.

There’s a roll-top closure with compression strap, two rear light points and useful bungee cord storage on top, and it’s light at 355g.

Rapha + Apidura Saddle Pack stability

Requiring 20cm beneath your saddle rails to fit, a single broad Velcro strap tightens the seatpost against the anti-slip Hypalon rubbery layer that extends part way beneath the pack, and comprises the saddle rail straps and reinforcement of key areas.

Woojin buckles keep the webbing straps secure, and it can be snugged up tight to reduce swaying when out of the saddle.

Rapha + Apidura Saddle Pack performance

Careful packing saw it consume several items of clothing, a boxed inner tube, pump, multi-tool and other spares, and the adjustable bungee cord on top means there’s scope for more.

There was no pedalling interference, and it shrugs off most rain well.

The pink-lined interior makes finding items simple and the hi-vis stripes show up well.

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
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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