This is a framebag that closes with a rolltop closure instead of a zipper. The rolltop has plastic stiffeners for easy rolling, and is secured with two bombproof aluminum buckles. The buckles can be tightened down to compress the bag, and there’s a plastic stiffener on the rolltop side of the bag to help it compress uniformly.
If you want to see how the rolltop closure works in action, watch this video (Note: video still shows plastic buckles instead of the new metal buckles):
Why rolltop? Advantages over a zippered framebag include:
- Easier to close when stuffed full
- Better long-term durability
- More water resistant
Disadvantages are that we can’t make a dual compartment version, and that it’s not as quick to get into. We also can’t make them for most full suspension bikes. And of course, they are more expensive to construct.
Personally I use a rolltop on my hardtail and a zippered bag on my full suspension. For most hardtail mountain bikes I think a rolltop is a great option. For very large bags, like on a big road bike frame, I’d recommend a dual compartment zippered bag instead of a rolltop. In that case I think the advantages of compartmentalization outweigh the advantages of a rolltop.
It comes with a hydration port in the front of the bag, padding and reinforcement on all frame contact points and a light-colored interior. The “side pocket” option is a thin map pocket on the opposite side of the main zipper, useful for snacks, cell phone, maps, etc.
Seam Sealing: Rolltop bags can be seam sealed for an additional $45. When seam sealed the bag should be waterproof for rain events, but not for submersion.
Should I Get Seam Sealing? Whether seam sealing is worth it depends on the conditions you’ll be riding in. A non-seam sealed rolltop framebag will do a pretty good job of handling most rain events, and the worst case tends to be a slightly damp interior rather than truly wet gear.
I would get seam sealing for a long tour in places with torrential rain – for example, biking in the Andes during the rainy season. Or maybe for someone living in the Pacific Northwest. For most people doing weekend to week-long trips, it’s not necessary. For what it’s worth, I haven’t bothered seam sealing my own rolltop framebag. -Nick
Lead Time: Seam sealing will add a few extra days to the lead time for the bag.