6 of the best: saddle bags

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

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. Here are six we've put six to the test.

Thule Pack ’n’ Pedal Shield

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Thule - Pack’n’ Pedal Shield
Thule - Pack’n’ Pedal Shield

  • £25

The 138g Thule 0.8L bag has stiff sides, with a welded, fully waterproof construction. It has seatpost and saddle rail Velcro attachments, loads of reflectives and a light loop.

The roll-tight enclosure keeps out water, though is slightly fiddlier to close. A lifetime guarantee rounds out a quality bag, which is reflected in its weighty price.

Deuter Bag 1

BikeRadar score4/5

Deuter - Bag 1
Deuter - Bag 1

  • £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

BikeRadar score4/5

Evoc - Saddle Bag
Evoc - Saddle Bag

  • £17 / $20

Evoc’s little fella is a weight weenie-friendly 78g, with a 0.7L 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 rear light loop, for what is a very nifty, tough-feeling bag.

Lezyne Caddy (med)

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Lezyne - Caddy
Lezyne - Caddy

  • £25 / $26 / AU$43

The 0.5L 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.

Enough room for the essentials — tube, tools, CO2 — good build quality and easy carry-and-go portability.

Topeak Aero Wedge (sm)

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Topeak - Aero Wedge
Topeak - Aero Wedge

  • £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 0.66L capacity and is made from tough Cordura coated with Teflon.

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.

Scicon Hipo 550 2.1

BikeRadar score3/5

Scicon - Hipo 550 2.1
Scicon - Hipo 550 2.1

  • £35 / $49 / AU$65

The Scicon has a neat 28g tool-free saddle fitting system, with another 108g for the 0.55L bag itself. It’s small but still with enough room for an inner tube, multi-tool and CO2 canister.

It also comes with its own pair of slimline-but-sturdy tyre levers. The clip-off and take the bag with you system is handy, but we’d like to have seen a lower price.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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