Easy to use Pannier/Backpack combo. Converts from pannier to backpack in seconds.
|- Helmet Holder Flap
- U-Lock Storage
- Sealed Weatherproof Zippers
|- Quick Access Pockets
- Full Access Main Compartment
- Side Mesh Pockets
|- Cam-Lock Mounting System
- Lifetime Warranty
|- 1000 Denier Cordura Fabric
- Reflective Logos On All Sides
|- Padded Laptop Pouch
- Rain Cover
19 customer reviews
A best fit solution
Bought this bag four years ago after commuting around town with a regular pannier. I needed a more flexible solution that could be a laptop bag, pannier, and backpack allowing me to hit a coffee shop or grocery store on my way into the office.
* Build quality
* Speed of transition between backpack to pannier
* Lifetime warranty
* Waterproof (I haven't had it leak and I don't have the rain cover)
* Pairs well with my Axiom rack
* Helmet pouch is best suited for a road helmet and even that can be awkward when wandering through the aisles of a store
I've had my Bug for 8 years now, having bought it back in 2008. 8 years and 1000's of km later and it's still going strong! I have over-stuffed it with groceries, shopping, and all manner of things with barely any issues. Have a look at what's on offer from the competition and you'll see that the Bug is the best design going for on-and-off the bike urban riding. The critical parts of the bag such as the zips and seams have held up exceptionally well. The only failure I've had has been a broken spring in one of the camlock mechanisms. This is understandable as it's a mechanical moving part and moving parts have a lifespan. The good news is that I was able to order a set of replacement camlocks from Arkel for a fraction of the cost of a new bag. They only took a few minutes to install and my Bug is now back on the road, hopefully for many more years of service.
This is a great quality bag. I use mine all the time for commuting.
Clips on well to bike
love that it's a backpack - very practical
Things that could be improved
Laptop section is very tight - it's hard to get the laptop out of the pouch, and I have a thin Mac Air!
Might be nicer if big pouch was divided into two sections so that didn't have to dig for things so much
For the price I wish a waterproof cover came with it
All that being said it's a great bag!
Excellent bag with a few recommendations
This is the bag that I've always wanted and I finally found it!
What I like:
Easy on/easy off
Secure when attached to bike
Easy to convert to backpack and back to pannier
High quality materials/durable
Convenient helmet pocket/U-Lock pocket
Nice mesh pockets on side for water bottle
What could be improved:
The shoulder straps on backpack tend to slide back on shoulders so I recommend that Arkel add a sternum strap. I added one to my pack with a buckle and it now works great!
I also think, as somebody else mentioned in this forum, that the pockets are too deep (the main and secondary pockets) and it is hard to get things out that have slide down deep inside. I realize that the larger pocket is probably designed to accommodate laptop storage but I personally would prefer that the pockets be divided into more pockets to divide the space and make things inside easier to access. It is a pain to have to take everything out to get the one item that might have slide down to the bottom.
That being said, I am very happy with this bag and with my newly added sternum strap, I'm loving it. It makes bicycle commuting and errand running a joy!!
Perfect for Commuting
I use the bug for carrying my laptop and work clothes / shoes to the office each day. When I first purchased the Bug, I actually purchased a pair thinking I would need both to carry my clothes and laptop. However, I found that I could fit everything in one bag. I didn't purchase the Arkel laptop sleeve that suspends in the bag; however, I do use padded sleeve to protect my laptop in transit.
I also do several weekend tours (150+ miles) for BikeMS and can carry all my overnight supplies between the two bags.
So far, I have had the bags for over about 16 months and they are still going strong. The rain cover has also seen considerable use and I haven't had any issues with anything getting wet in the bag. I think these will last quite some time.
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