Materials, partial frame bags:
- Side panels: Dimension Polyant sailcloth (VX21); excellent strength:weight ratio, great waterproofing.
- Frame panels: Cordura 1000D; waterproof with high abrasion resistance
- Zippers: YKK Urethane coated, water repellant zippers. We use #8 zips for the partial frame bags. Since the partial frame bags don't see as much overstuffing as the full frame bags, the #8 weight zips do a great job here, as opposed to the need for the oversized #10's on the full bags. Get a great zip, and have a great trip!
- Fluorescent green Oxford internal liner fabric keeps the bags' interiors well lit.
We build our frame bags with sailcloth sides and use Cordura for high contact areas against the frame. Both of these materials offer exceptional waterproofing, but there is still possibility for water to enter at seams during heavy storms. We recommend keeping anything highly susceptible to water damage inside of its own drybag.
To keep zippers functioning long-term, they should be wiped down with a wet cloth after particularly dusty or muddy rides. Keep them clean, and they'll keep taking you to places unseen.
Fredon 24/03/2016I'm very happy to get my partial frame bag fitted onto my Genesis CDF for commuting to work each day.
Up to now I have been using panniers, but in an effort to slim down for the summer I opted for one of these. The difference is really noticeable! It produces way less drag than my panniers, is lighter, and it improves the bikes handling significantly as the load is carried centrally, and is much more stable. You really don't get any swing with this bag, it's really well secured and super stable on the frame.
It's obviously not nearly as large as the pannier I used before, but a clean set of shirt and underwear fit in there nicely alongside my generous portion of sandwiches. The only slight niggle I have is that the zip opening is not as big as it could be, making it a little awkward to get all my gear in, once it's through the hole though the space is fine, and the green lining is a nice touch!
The bag is put together nicely. It has a quality feel to it, and all the stitching looks solid. I've not tried out it's waterproof properties yet, so can't comment on that.