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All I needed!
on 3 May 2010
I deliberated a little while before buying this item as it's difficult to know just how big these things are until you get them - but I decided to go for this one, based on their good name and a good price.
Firstly, this is a very sturdy little bag; the tough material, the quality zips and the sturdy connecting clip and bracket all inspire confidence to put one's valuables inside. On first glance I was a little dubious about whether it would fit everything I wanted inside but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it happily accommodates my small binoculars, compact camera, phone and bunch of keys. Not only that but this is without unzipping the expandable section. Very impressive and it frees up my pockets, whilst allowing me to take the bins and camera on every trip. For larger loads, I found that the expandable section allows for easier packing of items inside - in fact it facilitates packing in any case, to have this section unzipped, then zip it up again to keep the contents securely together inside.
Although there were no instructions included, fitting the bag was simplicity itself. Unfortunately one of the nuts on my example had a manufacturing fault and would not screw onto either of the bolts. Fortunately though, it was a standard sized nut and was easily replaced by a spare I had. The bracket fitted easily onto the standard saddle of my GT Mountain Bike and once clipped in provided a strong attachment to the bike. The front Velcro tab looked less secure but has so far proved just fine.
Most of my riding is off-road on very bumpy tracks, up and down dale and the saddle bag has proved excellent in these conditions; remaining securely attached and keeping my valuables safe and sound in all conditions.
All in all I cannot fault this item. It is small yet capacious, well made and strong and attaches sturdily to my bike. It was despatched promptly by "Parker's of Bolton" and although the postage was almost as much as the item itself, this seems to be the standard charge for this item and in any case I still feel I have a bargain in this great little bag and I highly recommend this excellent product