Mack Workshop’s Boutique Cycling Bags and Accessories

Mack Workshop The Sack backpack, front

Necessity is the mother of invention, and quite often in the cycling industry new companies pop up when an entrepreneurial individual just can’t find exactly what they’re looking for. Jon MacKinnon wasn’t quite happy with his options for cycling bags and storage accessories, so a few years ago he started Mack Workshop.

Mack Workshop is an independent manufacturer, eschewing mass production in favour of putting out hand-cut quality products made one-by-one. The brand aims to create simple, high quality goods for fair prices. MacKinnon tests all his products in real-world conditions, and his designs will likely continue to evolve, as we’ve already seen with The Sack backpack pictured above. Check out the bulk of Mack Workshop’s product line after the break…

Mack Workshop The Sack backpack, inside back Mack Workshop The Sack backpack, top corner

The Sack backpack has been revised over the last 18 months, with several improvements added to the first-run version. Side pockets, a laptop sleeve, and a reflective panel under the roll top that hides the closure straps have all been added, plus the back and strap padding was also upgraded.

The Sack measures 12″ wide, 8″ deep, and its height is expandable from 16″ up to 24″. The main body is made from 1000D Cordura, with a floating PVC liner inside. 10mm closed cell foam and 4mm spacer mesh on the back and shoulder straps ensure breathable comfort, and the sternum strap is removable. The Sack is available in Black, Fluoro Yellow, or a rotating selection of other colors. The price is approx. $152 USD (all prices converted from British pounds).

Mack Workshop Duffel bag Mack Workshop Tote Bag

The Duffel (above left) is a traditional design with a large zippered main compartment, but Mack Workshop’s also has an inner slip pocket and four outer pockets to divvy up smaller items. The bag is fabricated from heavyweight waxed cotton with a ripstop nylon lining and polyester straps. It’s dimensions are 24″ x 12″ x 12″, and if the handles aren’t sufficient a shoulder strap can be added by request. The Duffell sells for $91, and you’ll have to check the website for available colors.

The Tote is again, nothing too crazy design wise, just a handy over-the-shoulder tote for convenient everyday use (above right). It’s main compartment contains a smaller pouch with a key loop, and measures 13″ x 17″ x 4″. It shares it’s waxed cotton outer, ripstop nylon liner and polyester webbing with the Duffel, and sells for $30. Color options will vary, so check your options online.

Mack Workshop Jersey Pouch Mack Workshop Reflective Tool Roll

Why stick your multi-tool and power gels in a pedestrian Ziploc bag when you can put them in Mack Workshop’s waterproof 1000D Cordura Jersey Pouch? The zippered pouch (above left) has a single compartment with an internal divider, and its dimensions are 7″ x 4″ x 1″. The price is pretty reasonable at $15, and check the website for your color options.

For small tools and supplies, Mack Workshop has three options for roll-style seat bags; the Road Roll, the Reflective Road Roll (above right), and the slightly larger Tool Roll. All are a simple two pocket rolls, just enough to carry a tube and small tools safely inside their waterproof 1000D Cordura lining. The road styles measure 4″ x 5.5″ when folded in half, and the Tool Roll comes in at 5″ x 6.7″. The Road Roll sells for $15, and the Tool Roll or Reflective Road Roll both go for $19. The Reflective style comes in silver, and colors will vary for the other models.

Mack Workshop rounds out their current product line with a cheap and simple Speed Strap (a 12″ Velcro strap for securing tubes/tools to frames, seat posts, etc.) and branded T-shirts. For more information, check out their website.

*All photos courtesy of Mack Workshop

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Raouligan
Raouligan
6 years ago

I’ve had a few bits from Jon and they’re great if he’s super helpful and made me exactly what I was after. The Tool roll is magic and the bar bag I have is great, not quite as good as my Swift bag, but it doesn’t have the dowel built in, but was a fraction of the price for me being based in the UK, and I could get it all in Camo!
I genuinely wouldn’t hesitate in buying more things from him, I probably will to colour match different bikes!

Bald Ben
Bald Ben
6 years ago

Looks like decent quality stuff. I’m curious as to what the deficiencies were in other bags that prompted the formation of the company.

Raouligan
Raouligan
6 years ago

Bald Ben the nice things that the Radavist amongst others show sell out really quickly or by the time you’ve paid duty and shipping get really expensive really quickly Jon’s UK based so if you’re in Europe his stuff is ban on in terms of price.

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago

Seems really well priced too for what looks to be excellent quality. Nice work there.

Bobo
Bobo
6 years ago

I have witnessed the development of Jon’s bespoke products, thoughtfully and individually made to order at affordable prices. He sources high quality materials and fastenings, the range of fabrics is ever increasing. If you cannot get what you want and you can’t make it yourself it is great to know there is someone you can ask.

Jon MacKinnon
6 years ago

@Raouligan, thank you very much for the kind words!

@Bald Ben, while I love what Jordan at Big Top does, and while he is a huge inspiration to me as well as a great friend, the bag I had from just wasn’t big enough. Also the fact that every saddle bag I have ever used has either been too big or too small, as well as hideously ugly, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Michael zett
Michael zett
6 years ago

I have the Duffel , the road rol and the zippered pouch used as portemonaie.
Great stuff, high qualitiy!!!
Contact with Jon is always fine, but still waiting for an answer to the laptop bag 🙂