Best seatpacks on test
An under-saddle pack is still the best way to stow ride essentials — we test five of the best
The seat pack’s job is to carry one or two inner tubes, tyre levers, a multitool and sometimes a gas canister. There are broadly two types: the first is held to the saddle rails using a Velcro strap that passes around the whole pack, and sometimes another strap goes around the seatpost too, while others are fixed to the rails in a more permanent way with a clamp. The strap type is quick and easy to swap between bikes but with this system you often need to take off the saddle pack to gain access to the contents. It may also rub and mark your seatpost. The clamping type can be opened while in place, does not touch the seatpost but cannot be transferred between bikes so quickly.
Durable materials and waterproofing are useful as the saddle pack is directly in the line of fire for mud and spray.
Despite what Rule #29 says, a seat pack supplies the most practical and efficient way to be self-sufficient on your ride if don’t want lumpy, low-hanging jersey pockets and if you want to use both bottle cages for bottles rather than sacrificing one for a so-called tool keg.
We’ve tested these saddle packs on our own bikes and rated them for design, usability and value for money.