Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag review!

By | April 29, 2016

Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag review!

It seems things are pretty busy this spring and I owe you a lot of reviews.  Look forward to some good stuff in the coming weeks on a wide range of products.  However, there is a theme to these reviews.  That is each item supports a local business or local manufacturing.  This week we start with the Lone Peak Ballistic Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag. 

I was tooling around the Seattle Bike Show and ran into the Lone Peak booth.  I knew Lone Peak to be based out of Salt Lake City, but is seems that there had been a change in ownership and they had recently moved their headquarters to Marysville, which is north of Seattle.  Their products are all made in America and they source as much of their materials as possible in America.  I checked out their panniers which looked very well made.  As I left there was a clearance box of Micro Pouch St-35 seat bags being sold for $8 each.  I wasn’t really in the market for a seat bag, but for $8 I could not resist.  I took it home and stuck it on a shelf where it stayed for two months.

Fast forward to late April.  I had just purchased a Masi Giramondo.  I had been using it to commute, but was planning on heading out on a club ride with some friends.  Typically, I wear a backpack when I commute, and prefer to longer rides to be unencumbered with a pack.  That way people may see my sexy CYCLEBUTTCRACK jersey!  This means I would have to find a place to stash a few essentials.  I typically carry a tube, CO2 canister, tire levers and a multi-tool in my seat bag.  I also prefer a small tidy seat bag to a big bulky one.  I grabbed my lonely Lone Peak Ballistic Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag and was shocked to see that is was considerably smaller than the bag on my Giant road bike (which is falling apart).  I have a hard time fitting my essentials in the bag on my Giant.  I figured there was no way I was going to be able to fit everything in the Lone Peak Ballistic Micro Pouch St-35.  I was shocked when everything fit in my Lone Peak seat bag with room to spare.  I have now had my Lone Peak Seat bag on my Masi for about a month.  So what is the verdict?

Loan Peak Seat Bag and my essential tool kit.

Loan Peak Seat Bag and my essential tool kit.

Everything fits!

Everything fits!

Bag has been loaded and ready to install.

Bag has been loaded and ready to install.

Positives!

  • A shape that accommodates my cycling essentials with room to spare despite its small size.
  • Solid construction and materials makes this feel like a bag that will last a long time.  (I will keep you posted).
  • Tight secure compact mounting position to stay out of the way.
  • The clicking buckle is awesome and makes for easy removal and installation.
  • Reflective strip for visibility.
  • American and locally manufactured.
  • Amazingly affordable price.  The Ballistic Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag is listed at $18 on the Lone Peak website.
  • The seat bag is available in seven different colors.
Lone Peak Saddle Bag Installed!

Lone Peak Saddle Bag Installed! Yeah it is a little lumpy, but snug compact and secure!

Negatives!

  • Installation is compact, but it does not look neat.  The bag looks rather lumpy installed.
  • The vertical zipper makes for easy clean access, but I have to undo the buckle to get at it.  (Thank goodness for the buckle).
  • Adjusting the strap length is a pain in the neck.  There is an adjustment, but I found I had to fiddle with it check it and fiddle with it again.  In a perfect world, I could snap the bag into place with loose straps and tug on the loose end to cinch it into place.  (Gosh I hope that make sense)!
  • The Velcro strap is rubbing the white paint off of my seat post.  (Not really the bag’s fault, but still annoying.
  • Installing a seat bag is crazy stupid easy, but it would still be nice to see some instructions.  I installed mine upside down at first and was frustrated that it was too loose.  I ended up looking at the photos on the website to install it properly.  (Yup!  I am stupid).
The handy dandy buckle.  Every bag I have owned before this one was installed with Velcro instead of a buckle.

The handy dandy buckle. Every bag I have owned before this one was installed with Velcro instead of a buckle.

Verdict! 

I like my Lone Peak Ballistic Micro Pouch St-35 seat bag so much that I am going to get another to replace the piece of crap bag on my Giant road bike.  There are a couple of drawbacks, but overall the bag works well, is well made, is locally made and is affordable.  That is pretty awesome!

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