Yeah, we know, a giant bikepacking saddle bag kinda acts like it’s own fender. But when you need to pull that bag inside your tent or hotel and it’s covered in mud, that dual purpose functionality loses a little luster. Enter the new SKS Explorer series of bikepacking bags.
Starting at the back, the Explorer EXP Saddlebag has a tool-free mounting design using Velcro straps with rubberized backing to protect your frame. Compression straps and a vent valve help you cinch it down tight enough for stable off-road use. And when that road (or lack thereof) gets wet and nasty, the screw-on plastic fender will protect you and the bag from overspray.
Reflective elements, accessory loops, and a stretch cord on top add safety and capacity. The material is semi-rigid to give it structure, and fully waterproof. Interior volume is 13L, with a max load capacity of 5kg. Weight is 500g, MSRP is €80 ( $120 through Trek in the US).
The Explorer EXP Framebag and Handlebar roll round out the collection. The frame bag is designed to still allow a bottle cage underneath on some frame sizes, yet maximize storage capacity. It adds 4L of storage with welded zippers and retails for €60 ( $90 in the US ), weight is 185g. Note the little pockets for the top tube straps, keeping the ends from sticking out and brushing against your knee…nice touch.
The Handlebar Bar Bag opens on both ends, using a roll closure to seal its contents inside 9L worth […]