Biblical bum-bag that keeps your kit dry and easily accessed.
Street Price: Around £50
- Waterproof tarpaulin construction
- 50 litres capacity
- High frequency welded
- Bungee hoops
- Carry handle and shoulder strap
Dry-sacks have changed my life. No, I don’t mean I’ve had the snip. Simply that since discovering roll-top waterproof bags (in Aldi) I’ve never had to line another bag or pannier with bin bags. This Kappa bag is several times better.
How was it tested?
On a 6,000 mile odyssey around Europe in early 2015, perched on the back seat of a Lambretta. I suffered a few days of rain but not a drop of water reached my clothing inside.
How big is 50-litres?
More than enough for two full-face crash helmets, and still easy to seal afterwards.
The Kappa has a mammoth 50-litre storage capacity, but unlike end-loaded dry-sacks the side-opening makes it really easy to find items inside without taking everything out first.
What isn’t great?
I have no complaints about the Kappa at all. Putting a bag on the back seat however is a compromise. It is something comfortable to lean against, but you must remove it to refuel. That said; it is easy to strap-on thanks to included plastic eyes for bungee straps.
How does it compare to panniers?
In my opinion the Kappa tail pack is a much better bet. Panniers are wider, more likely to damage paintwork, harder to carry, more difficult to search and less capacious. At the end of the day, a pillion seat is designed to carry the weight of a human so a bag is no problem. Obviously you could just fit it to a rack…
Lab rating: 9