MISS GRAPE CLUS­TER 13

£115

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

Michele Boschetti founded Miss Grape in Veneto, Italy in 2014 af­ter cre­at­ing lug­gage for his own un­sup­ported bike pack­ing trips. This is the smaller of two Clus­ter bags, which come in 13 or 20-litre sizes.

Con­struc­tion

The 418g Clus­ter is made from a dot­ted black ny­lon fab­ric that’s highly abra­sion- and tear-re­sis­tant but still flex­i­ble. A polyurethane coat­ing makes it wa­ter re­pel­lent, but the cor­ner seams aren’t taped, so you’ll need a liner. The un­der­side and be­low sad­dle sec­tion are cov­ered with a tough wipeclean PVC layer, and a roll clo­sure with ad­justable buck­les keeps dif­fer­ing load vol­umes snug.

Sta­bil­ity

Two Vel­cro straps with rub­ber back­ing com­bine with a rub­ber por­tion on the bag to grip the seat­post, and you’ll need about 20cm be­neath your sad­dle rails to fit it. Strong polypropy­lene straps loop through each rail and are tight­ened by buck­led straps that ex­tend from the base. Even when fully laden and rid­ing out of the sad­dle on un­even ground, there was min­i­mal sway.

Per­for­mance

Af­ter stuff­ing the Clus­ter with our sam­ple load, we still had some room to spare. Ju­di­cious kit se­lec­tion and spread­ing spares out in to pock­ets would al­low the thrifty packer to man­age a cou­ple of days’ travel in rea­son­able weather. The bag’s po­si­tion never in­ter­fered with ped­alling, ei­ther.

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