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POD SACS on Planet X
« on: August 11, 2019, 02:30:06 pm »
I took advice from somewhere on this forum and bought a 1.2 Lt saddlebag for (not too long) Audax. I paid 12 pounds + delivery, which seemed a bargain

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BAPODSBCS/podsacs-daytripper-lite-waterproof-saddle-bag

It is shit, like pretty much everything else I bought from Planet X over the years (merino socks aside).

My legs rub against it and the fasteners come loose while I cycle, because they only have one retaining mechanism (the usual double loop thing), but nothing to lock them in place like more upmarket bags

So,if you want something decent, pay your money and buy something decent, don't waste your time with these

Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2019, 03:48:55 pm »
Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel!  ;D
I've bought a few things from PX over the years, but seeing the Podsacs label on their luggage makes me a bit depressed - back in my climbing days Podsacs rucksacks were still handmade in Sheffield by the original owner and were bombproof bits of gear. I still have one of their daypacks which is coming up on 20 years old and still looks perfect. I very much doubt the bikepacking bags will last as well...

Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2019, 04:35:48 pm »
So,if you want something decent, pay your money and buy something decent, don't waste your time with these

Indeed.  I buy less stuff these days but am willing to spend more on an item that I reckon will be of higher quality & last longer.

PlanetX is a good example of a company who's stuff I no longer buy.  I must have a drawer full of their stuff that was "cheap" but never gets used and a lot has already gone to charity shops. 

They did me a favour when they increased their postage costs a few years ago.  That put me off buying anything else from them for good  ;D

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2019, 04:37:16 pm »
That's interesting. I'd never heard the Podsacs name before, so just assumed it was a name Planet X had invented. But it turns out it's like Karrimor, with Planet X in the role of Sports Direct. Which means Chris Potter must be David Ashley looking for the cycling equivalent of Newcastle United and, erm, House of Fraser.
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2019, 06:42:50 pm »
I've been using my PX giant saddlebag for about 18 months now. It hasn't been without its problems and I have had to reinforce the stitching of the load bearing straps myself using a leatherworking tool kit. But to be fair I was probably overloading it with a steel u lock and a bunch of other heavy bits and bobs instead of the intended cargo.

I have had some Planet X turkeys in the past but they've refunded me a broken mini pump when I provided photo evidence that it had failed. On the other hand I've had some genuine gems like my podsacs frame bag, the mile muncher tyres, and the super roubaix bib tights which would together probably have cost me hundreds if I'd bought 'big brands'. And their £0.99 inner tubes and £1.50 tins of GT85 have been absolutely fine if nothing else...
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vorsprung

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Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2019, 11:20:26 am »
my overall impression of stuff from Planet-X is that if you get a cheap thing from them it will be rubbish and not worth the small amount of money it cost

For example, I got a few rear lights from them and they all broke quickly with the vibration of normal use.  All of them, not one or two but all of them

Usually, anything more expensive and interesting is out of stock at Planet-X.  Oh no, hang on.  About 2006 I bought an early high powered Dinotte LED front light from them.  It was quite expensive (£150) but it was a good product and lasted years.  After about 10 years of use and replacing the battery clip a couple of times it has now given up.

So yes, once in the past I have got a thing from them that was reasonably priced for what it was and had a positive experience
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2019, 11:47:46 am »
One of the many attractions in Millennium Square in Bristol (fountains, giant outdoor screen, statues of Cary Grant and other famous Bristolians, giant shiny sphere, etc etc) is a display tracking the position and distance to the hypothetical Planet X on the edge of the solar system. It worked for several years, entertaining tourists and locals, but is now broken. However, my merino arm warmers and alloy seat post, both firmly terrestrial, are still going strong. None of them named after other brands though.
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fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2019, 11:59:47 am »
I've got a few of the Pod Sacs drybags, they are fine. Seem fairly tough material, waterproof enough. Much the same as most other drybags, including some fancier brands I've used.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2019, 01:17:12 pm »
my overall impression of stuff from Planet-X is that if you get a cheap thing from them it will be rubbish and not worth the small amount of money it cost

The things I've had from PlanetX that have been good value are basically:

Merino socks, which are excellent
Merino baselayers with a mesh back (ideal for recumbents) that they no longer do
Disposably cheap battery lights (for emergency backup purposes and giving to people in need of lights)
Occasional deals on unpopular tyres (studs in summer, for example)
Occasional deals on chains


Particularly disappointing have been:
Merino arm warmers (weird size, crap elastic)
Overshoes (eaten in a single ride)


Somewhere in the middle:
Smart-clone lights (obviously low build quality, but work fine for about-town use and I don't have to worry about them breaking or getting nicked)
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2019, 01:22:05 pm »
My overshoes were a bit mangled after some riding but tbh I found that also to be the case with some Sealskinz ones I got off Chain Reaction. I keep meaning to sew some bits onto the bottoms of them but never get round to it...
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2019, 01:25:41 pm »
My overshoes were a bit mangled after some riding but tbh I found that also to be the case with some Sealskinz ones I got off Chain Reaction. I keep meaning to sew some bits onto the bottoms of them but never get round to it...

Yeah, I'm firmly of the opinion that overshoes - however well made - are inherently crap, and are very rarely[1] the best solution to the problem.


[1] They're okay if it's too cool for sandals and you only expect it to rain for the first hour or so of the ride.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2019, 01:28:39 pm »
Particularly disappointing have been:
Merino arm warmers (weird size, crap elastic)
I really like my merino arm warmers from PX. But I don't think they have any elastic in, so it sounds like a case of different spec, same name (as well as different arms, of course).
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2019, 01:33:44 pm »
This thread has reminded me to get some proper winter MTB shoes while we're out of season. Sigma are doing this set for £117 https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Specialized/Defroster-Trail-Winter-MTB-Shoes/KDQF

I usually wear 45 but am very tempted to ride to Esher to try the 46 on with thick merino socks, and try my luck...
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vorsprung

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Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2019, 02:31:53 pm »
This thread has reminded me to get some proper winter MTB shoes while we're out of season. Sigma are doing this set for £117 https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Specialized/Defroster-Trail-Winter-MTB-Shoes/KDQF

I usually wear 45 but am very tempted to ride to Esher to try the 46 on with thick merino socks, and try my luck...

Specialized Defroster - at least the ones I had a couple of years ago - were useless.  They didn't breathe at all.  They were cold, no fluffiness.  Difficult to see what they were supposed to do.  They were vaguely water proof I guess

Northwave are ok winter shoes, see if anyone is doing them

Currently have Sidi - which I got second hand on here - they are phenomenally expensive new but have lasted longer and are a better shoe than the other winter stuff
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: POD SACS on Planet X
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2019, 03:07:47 pm »
Cheers will give it a look in. I know I have a tendency to go for bargains and this can be a bit counter productive where shoes are concerned.

In the olden days I used to cycle around wearing muckboots which were nice and warm and waterproof, though did get a bit 'turkish bath' on the inside...
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