Having hit full stride the middle of last year with weatherproof bikepacking bags, Geosmina offers a wide range of ways to haul gear off-road on your bike. Featuring a mix of conventional pack designs with a few unique solutions, the Spanish-designed Geosmina bags put together durable, waterproof fabrics to offer fit flexibility & secure gear storage in a simple bikepacking setup.
Geosmina lightweight weatherproof bikepacking bags
Geosmina is a small new company started near Madrid, Spain and takes their name from an organic compound we probably all know by smell – as the bacteria-produced substance responsible for the earthly smell in the air after a fresh rain. (Not that is has anything to do with bags or the brand, but on a neat side note Wikipedia fittingly tells me it is a bicyclic compound. That essentially just means it has two structural rings, but seemed appropriate to me.) Anyway, named after a cool smell for those of us who enjoy spending time outdoors.
Their concept was to produce high-quality bikepacking bags at accessible pricing. The bags are designed in Spain and produced in Taiwan using materials meant to be more environmentally friendly – free of PVC and recyclable so even cut scraps don’t get trashed. Their core fabric is a lightweight, abrasion resistant diamond-weave 210D nylon that gets polyurethane coating to shed water outside and a full TPU laminate lining for full waterproofing (on all but the frame bags). The bags get a mix of reflective detailing and external lashing points, but pretty much everything attaches to the bike with easy on & off velcro straps.
Geosmina Cargo Cage Fork Bag
Looking at the full range, probably my personal favorite bag would be their Cargo Cage Bag. Not just for the bag itself, but because for 52€ you get their reinforced nylon composite Cargo Cage and the 4-5L roll-top dry bag. It’s a simple, straightforward full waterproof seam-sealed drybag with daisy chain loops down the sides to secure it to the bike.
The cage itself has 3-bolt anything cage attachment points, but also comes with a pair of stainless hose clamps that lets you strap it to the lowers of a suspension fork, to a regular fork without braze-ons, or pretty much any other similarly sized round tube. At 12.5cm wide, some people have even strapped it to a seatpost as a seat bag alternative (although that’s likely too wide for many people to not hit it while pedaling.) But for hauling lightweight gear there a tons of possibilities here. The bag itself is pretty small volume, but bikepackers will always appreciate some more room to stuff things.
Geosmina Frame Bags, in large or small
At first glance the Geosmina Frame Bags don’t look all that different from others on the market. But especially with the curved, tapered wedge of the little 39€ Small Frame Bag, its shape might actually a better fit than most for many other compact frame bags on the market. And without the 100% waterproof lining or expensive waterproof zippers, even the Large Frame Bag is surprisingly cheap under 44€.
The Frame Bags offer limited storage volume (2.5L or 7.5L) but likely leave space for other bags inside the main triangle or even a water bottle. They are still water-resistant with the external PU treatment, and with bright yellow insides feature thin mesh pockets & a key hook on the left side and a small zip internal pocket on the driveside for a bit of organization.
Geosmina Top Tube Bags, in large or small
These little strap-on Top Tube bags also offer versatility & modular storage. While they look pretty typical from the outside – waterproof zips, rigid & seam-sealed, three velcro strap attachment – inside is quite different. A semi-rigid internal tray with a velcro divider gives structure to the bags, protects what you are hauling & can be removed to more easily access or pack its contents. For 43.50€ or 48€, the bags come in two sizes (0.6L or 1.0L), and Geosmina isn’t afraid of strapping them anywhere on a bike – toptube behind the stem, above or below the seat cluster, or tucked above the bottom bracket.
Geosmina Seat Bags, in large or small
Necessary to fill out the range, the Seat Bags look like a direct copy of bikepacking’s standard-setting saddle pack, offering the major carrying capacity needed for rackless touring. Two sizes are
copied available in the fully waterproof bags 15L Large for 103.50€ or 10L Small for 94.50€.
Geosmina Handlebar Bag
Lastly, this one looks pretty typical too – a fully waterproof, double-sided roll-top dry bag with reinforcements to strap it to your handlebar. Personally handlebar bags annoy me as they are a chore to load and tend to bounce off-road no matter how you tighten them down. But we need space on multi-day trips, especially for heavier or bulky gear up front. And the 57€ Geosmina Handlebar Bag won’t break your budget. The bag claims 10L of capacity (which will obviously vary depending on your flat or drop bar setup, and how much you want to roll it down.) Geosmina claims its foam-coated velcro straps & metal buckles allows you to easily tighten it down securely, but also making it fast to take off the bike to load/unload.
Besides the Seat Bags which don’t look to offer much originality, most of Geosmina’s other bags offer a mix of nice detailing and generally affordable pricing (within Europe) that should appeal to many cyclists getting into bikepacking.