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Set Up Camp With the New Blackburn Outpost Adventure Bags

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If you’re daydreaming at your computer thinking about your next big adventure, toying with the idea of bike packing, you’re going to need some bags. Packing light is key, but you still need a way to carry the essentials. As bikepacking has become more popular Blackburn has used their Ranger ambassador program to help develop some killer new bags that will get you out there and get you back home.

Capable of crossing the Great Divide, or making sure you’re well stocked for a day trip, the Outpost series includes a Handlebar Roll, Top Tube Bag, and a Seat Pack. Certainly not your ordinary seat pack, the Outpost model provides an extra large capacity that will mount to nearly any bike. Adjustable to fit smaller or larger items, the Seat Pack includes a stuff sack  but is also compatible with standard dry bags.

Blackburn outpost bags top tube handlebar roll saddle (6)

Blackburn outpost bags top tube handlebar roll saddle (2)

Constructed from 70D nylon with a 4mm Ripstop layer, the bag is water resistant especially along the back where it’s sure to see  spray from the rear wheel. Additionally the stuff sack is weather resistant as well, and as mentioned if it will be really wet the stuff sack can be substituted for a dry bag. Large enough to hold compact sleeping bags, the Seat Pack retails for $99.99.

Blackburn outpost bags top tube handlebar roll saddle (5)

Blackburn outpost bags top tube handlebar roll saddle (4) Blackburn outpost bags top tube handlebar roll saddle (1)

Using the Seat Pack out back, you can balance the load up front with the new Outpost Top Tube Bag and Handlebar Roll. Sitting on the top tube like most bags of the sort, the Outpost bag is fairly large and uses two straps on the top tube with a third on the stem (slammed stems need not apply). On the inside you’ll find a large storage space with an adjustable organizer, plus an exterior mesh pocket and a zippered ID or cash pocket. Made from the same Ripstop and weather resistant nylon as the seat pack, the TT bag will store your stuff for $44.99.

If you have items to carry that are too bulky for the seat bag, check out the Handlebar Roll. The built in quick release mount will fit 25.4 and 31.8mm handlebars and has an 8 lb capacity though it is not recommended for carbon bars.

Blackburn outpost bags top tube handlebar roll saddle (3)

The outer roll is meant to work with the included stuff bag but it can also be used with standard dry bags. The red shoulder strap above doubles as the compression strap when the roll is mounted to the bike. The Handlebar Roll should have no problem carrying most light weight tents or other bulky gear that can also be lashed to the outside of the roll with the included tie downs. Frontal carrying capacity will cost you an additional $74.99.

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Brian
Brian
8 years ago

Not meant for carbon bars? Fail.

MS
MS
8 years ago

Indeed, carbon bars will fail.

Von Kruiser
Von Kruiser
8 years ago

Great looking bag attachment options. Excellent system since it is so versatile. Bikepacking is amazing… just finished building my rig w/ a different pack maker. Tents and sleeping bags are tough to pack and takes a lot of research to go ultra minimalist to function and fit in the small bags. Can’t wait to hit the trail (120 mile offroad loop) around my local mountains right from my house!

Von Kruiser
Von Kruiser
8 years ago

Yep, carbon parts are not advised for bikepacking.

Tennessee
Tennessee
8 years ago

Very cool and glad a larger company is getting into the bike packing realm. However, my experience with other seat and handlebar bags tell me blackburn will have to redesign their efforts.
Seat bags are very susceptible to sagging and swaying, especially those that are overpacked. This seat bag looks like the king of sag. Even in the first picture it is sagging down. A big suspension compressing hit and that thing will be everywhere. The material does look durable enough to take a couple tire hits at least ..
The handlebar bag has an interesting attachment system but I won’t be using it. I suspect it will bounce up and down quite badly and if those attachments are indeed plastic .. I’ve seen a lot break cruising at top speed down a rough back road.
The top tube bag is nice and big. As log as my boys have room on the top tube that looks like a win!
Carbon? Do you even bikepack, bro?

alex
alex
8 years ago

So many companies copying revelate designs… A bit sad… I’ve got a revelate and its awsome… The big boys must be able to afford some ideas of their own.

Durianrider
Durianrider
8 years ago

http://www.bikebagdude.com do carbon friendly handlebar bags and rolls. I got one at the moment. Velcro straps work better than mounts in my experience. Quicker to swap between bikes or to take off for air travel. No worrying about clamping your bars to failure either.

Carbon parts are fine for bikepacking and Ive used them for a lot of mileage. That said, I don’t run stupidly light carbon bars even though Im 66kg.

LateSleeper
LateSleeper
8 years ago

Take a Revelate seat bag, cross it with an Arkel waterproof, and you get something like this Blackburn. This one’s a good bit cheaper, but will it fit your bike? If not, you’ll wish you’d taken some tracings and had J-Packs sew you a custom-fit one to start with.

Interestingly, Blackburn made one not much smaller twenty-five years ago. I used to use it when I needed to carry full rain gear, gloves, etc. to get over Trail Ridge Road safely. The down-side was that it flopped around and made the bike unstable.

Chris L
Chris L
8 years ago

I’ll stick with my proven Carradice saddlebag. The top tube bag is pretty cool, I’ll probably get one when they come out.

John Gulino
John Gulino
6 years ago

I am not sure if I understand how,, or why, the handlebar bag would not work with carbon bars. Or, if it does not work with carbon bars, wouldn’t it be a simple matter of using different straps? Or different buckles? Or wrapping tape around the bars, sort of like a road bike? I mean, when someone says, “will not work with carbon bars,” there ought to be an explanation as to why, and a mention of whether there are options and adaptations to makei it work with carbon bars.
However, to my mind, the essential question is, can I carry all the gear that I need for an off road, mountain traiils ride with a bikepacking rig, meaning, handlebar bag, under seat bag, top tube bag, and so forth? In my case, for my bike, this would be a full suspension 29er bike.
John
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