In the wide world of cycling, there will always be a few divisive trends for riders to argue about. Recently the enduro crowd has been rather controversial fashion-wise. Not only are they pairing goggles with open faced helmets (previously considered equally faux pas to wearing sunglasses with a full face) but they’ve also helped push fanny packs back into the mainstream.
For bicycle commuters the fanny pack may never have truly died, as there are advantages to the compact, non-intrusive design. One thing is for sure, no-one likes the full-back sweat patch backpacks create. Columbus, Ohio’s Seagull Bags has been stitching utility grade bags since 2003 for cyclists, outdoor explorers or even urban folks who appreciate quality goods.
Their Trail Buddy hip bag is aimed at on or off-road cyclists looking to carry a few small items while keeping cool, comfortable and dry. If you’re hip to the fanny pack, keep reading for the fine details…
The Trail Buddy is a slim, snug-fitting bag intended to carry your essential day to day items and/or trailside tools without the unnecessary bulk of a full sized backpack. The compact Trail Buddy measures 5.5” tall, 11.75” wide and 2.75” deep, which sounds pretty ideal for shorter urban or off-road excursions.
The hip bag is constructed from 1000d cordura fabric, and utilizes water resistant YKK zippers (with glove-friendly zipper pulls) to keep your cargo protected from the elements. One notable omission in the bag’s design is reflective details- there doesn’t appear to be anything to increase rider visibility on the Trail Buddy’s exterior, which is something commuters would certainly appreciate.
In terms of storage, the simple pack features a large main pouch and a flat exterior pocket. There are U-lock channels on the outside of the bag, and its cinch straps can be tightened up to help secure heavy or shifty cargo.
If for any reason you don’t feel like wearing the pack, no sweat- It also features a pair of velcro straps so you can mount the Trail Buddy to your handlebars instead.
Seagull Bag’s Trail Buddy is available for $65 USD online, and comes in Black, Olive or Rust colors.