Author Topic: PODSACS Expedition Large Waterproof Saddlebag - £20, 8.5 litre saddlebag  (Read 6043 times)

bludger

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https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BAPODLSB/podsacs-expedition-large-waterproof-saddle-bag


I've had this sack for about a week now, as I really don't like cycling with a rucksack on, but also dislike the weight and faff of panniers. I like to carry quite a bit on my longer rides, which are often more like mini tours, so it's great to have one place which fits pump, spare tubes, sandwiches and other bits without having to stress about whether I'll have enough room (this bag's got 8.5L capacity). So after seeing some GCN videos about giant saddlebags, I'd been on the lookout for a good GS which wouldn't break the bank.

Doing shopping around an awful lot of giant saddlebags cost in the order of £40, or more, so at £20 from Planet X, this was too good to pass up. And so far it's been a great little bag!

If you've not heard of PODSACS before, it's a Planet X-owned brand with pedigree a few decades old, with a rock climbing background. https://www.podsacs.com/about-podsacs It's apparently been around since 1983, but I think it's a relative newcomer to bike accessories.

It's fully waterproof (much like a 'drybag', it's a waxy water repellent outer layer which keeps your gubbins safe), anchors securely to the seatpost with two velcro straps, and hangs from your saddle rails secured by one or two push-clip cords (I just use one). There's also a bungee pull restraint on the top which is handy for stashing a small cable lock for café stops. The material feels tough and resilient to me, time will tell going forward.

The PODSACS bag has attachment points for two lights, but I find there's enough room remaining on the seatpost/downtube to stick one on without it too.

I really don't have anything negative to say about the bag, if anything I think they're selling it off too cheap!
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bludger

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Chaps just found out the saddlebag is now on sale for £13!!! That and a bunch of other Px bikepacking stuff.

Kicking myself!

https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/deals

After a month of use commuting and doing a couple of brevets it's stilling doing a great job, and I've had more than a few people coming over and asking where they can get one.
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mattc

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That's very honest of you bludger - and thanks for the tip  :thumbsup:

(I have some Podsac dry-bags which have done exactly what they say on the tin.)

Interesting choice of photos on their website ... the bikes they've attached the bags to appear to have no brake or gear cables anywhere near the handlebars.
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Chaps just found out the saddlebag is now on sale for £13!!! That and a bunch of other Px bikepacking stuff.

Kicking myself!

https://www.planetx.co.uk/c/q/deals

After a month of use commuting and doing a couple of brevets it's stilling doing a great job, and I've had more than a few people coming over and asking where they can get one.

Blue is £13, grey has actually gone up to £21 - prices are always 'fluid' at Px.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Planet X seem to have sold out of much of their PODSACS stuff, and have brought in some new stock to replace it.

A bit dearer (averaging £20-50) but some of it does look really tidy.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/s?q=vincita

Look at the size of this lad.

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Re: PODSACS Expedition Large Waterproof Saddlebag - £20, 8.5 litre saddlebag
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 10:07:18 am »
I picked one up in the latest PX sale. Quality seems 'OK'.  (not ridden)

One thing is bothering me though - I know these style saddlebags sway a little, but this seems to sway alot even when all straps are as tight as they'll go. I'd be worried about it wearing out the back of my saddle.

quixoticgeek

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Re: PODSACS Expedition Large Waterproof Saddlebag - £20, 8.5 litre saddlebag
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 02:23:49 pm »
I picked one up in the latest PX sale. Quality seems 'OK'.  (not ridden)

One thing is bothering me though - I know these style saddlebags sway a little, but this seems to sway alot even when all straps are as tight as they'll go. I'd be worried about it wearing out the back of my saddle.

Waho anti sway is the usual solution, which gives you a nice place to put 2 extra water bottles. However I've had no end of problems with mine with the bolts coming undone and jetisoning the bottles. Which is a shame.

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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: PODSACS Expedition Large Waterproof Saddlebag - £20, 8.5 litre saddlebag
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 07:14:30 pm »
PX are now selling a 'full bikepacking set' for £50.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/ZXPIBUN/pack-it-bundle
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
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