Biblical bum-bag that keeps your kit dry and easily accessed.

Street Price: Around £50

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Main Features:

  • 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.

 

What’s great?

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

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