Alaskan bikepacking gear specialists Revelate have given a ground-up overhaul to their flagship large Terrapin saddle bag to make it more stable, more durable & easier to use. Plus, they’ve added an all-new Polecat fork bag, essentially incorporating some special features into a drybag specifically designed for fork mount cargo cages.
Revelate Polecat bikepacking fork drybags
Designed to strap into large volume cargo cages, Revelate’s new 3.5L Polecat drybag has a contoured shape & daisy chain webbing loops that make it easy to secure to fork or downtube mounted cages.
“Cargo cages have been around for a while now and I didn’t want to build just any old cylinder shaped bag for them. The Polecat is built to be lighter than any other bag out there while eliminating wear points and adding reinforcements where needed”, says lead designer Eric Parsons.
The resulting Polecat drybags are subtly shaped with radio frequency welded seams, and get Hypalon reinforcements at wear points & a grippy urethane coated daisy chain to loop your lashing straps through. The 210D ripstop nylon bag weighs 105g/3.7oz and sells for $42 a piece, with a classic roll-top closure.
Revelate Terrapin System 14L bikepacking seat bag overhaul
Overhauling the big Terrapin System 14L seat bag was a move to put in place all the lessons Revelate has learned and implemented on other bags introduced since the original Terrapin back in 2013. The core of the refresh is their new Indie-Rail attachment setup where the saddle rail attachment strap moves further down the side of the pack for improved cinching potential, and completely independent straps for each side.
Parsons says the new bag “looks very similar to the pervious Terrapin, but every single pattern and piece of hardware has changed. It’s a completely new product. This overhaul brings the stability and performance of our indie-rail system into a high volume bag.”
The new seat bag retains the same separate semi-rigid carrier/harness and separate drybag pack layout that makes it easy to load/unload, and quite versatile for what you can haul. The new attachment promises unmatched stability in such a voluminous bag
The new Terrapin System 14L features an external lower plastic panel that offers protection for your gear like a fender, and serves as the compression strap that tightens your load in place together with the attached webbing & cam locking hardware. The $155 bag includes a black welded drybag with air purge valve, and a made-in-the-US carrier in black, blue, purple or MultiCam camo.