Quick, name your favorite saddle bag. That will probably be difficult for a lot of us, because first, you need to have a saddle bag, and second, you need to have one you actually like. Like a lot of friends and fellow riders, the crew from Speedsleev simply weren’t happy with the current state of the saddle bag – or seat pack as they like to call it. It seems a bit crazy that something so simple still manages to disappoint, but designing the ideal seat pack is more difficult than you’d expect. It has to be big enough to be useful, yet small enough to not get in the way. Let’s face it – it also has to look the part so you’re not embarrassed to show up to your group ride with a giant tumor hanging off the back of your saddle.
After more than a year of testing and development, the Ranger is Speedsleev’s answer. Small, easy to install and remove, and purpose built, this is a seat pack you may actually want to run…
Essentially the covered evolution of their current Seatsleev, the Ranger seat pack uses a water proof cover to keep the goods dry. Made from ballistic nylon, the sort of clam shell cover slips over the contents and stays in place with a velcro strap. The pack is then attached to the seat with two large velcro straps that tighten everything down, helping it to keep a narrow profile. The design also allows for Speedsleev to call it the lightest and tightest fitting seat pack.
Designed to carry 1-2 tubes depending on the size, there are also compartments built in for two tire levers, two co2 cartridges, and a small multi tool. Just the essentials.
Up for funding through a meager Kickstarter looking to raise just $4,500, the Ranger can be picked up for as little as $20. Backed by a no questions asked warranty, the packs are expected to ship by March/April 2017 provided the Kickstarter is successful.