Saddle bags are a necessity when heading out on the road for a long ride. Instead of stuffing your pockets with CO2 cartridges, tools and spares, you can slip them in a saddle bag and head out. All bags vary in size, capacity and attachment with EVOC’s Saddle Bag offering a good size for all but the longest, unsupported rides.

EVOC Saddle Bag Features

  • Easy hook-and-loop straps for securely mounting to the bike
  • Reflective hits for additional safety
  • Additional mesh pocket
  • Volume:¬†0.7L
  • Weight: 0.15 (70g)
  • Size: 12 cm x 8 cm x 7.5 cm
  • Materials: Nylon 210/D Ripstop PU Coated¬†Air Mesh
  • MSRP: $20
EVOC Saddle Bag Review

EVOC Saddle Bag in Neon Blue.

Easy access and secure mounting

When you’re using extra straps to secure your current saddle bag because the Velcro has gone bad, it’s about time to look for an alternative. Yes, there are tons of options, but I prefer something simple. And, because the Velcro failed on my previous bag, I’m leery of it carrying the primary load-bearing of the saddle bag.

With EVOC’s Saddle Bag, you get a 0.7L bag that features a wide-open main compartment with a small mesh pocket for keys or other small items. Within the bag, I was able to carry all the necessary items for a roadside flat repair or other needs along the way. With everything shown below, I still had extra room, but not much. Squeezing a second tube in there is possible, but would require some finagling.

EVOC Saddle Bag Review

This all fits quite easily with a bit or room to spare.

As mentioned, previous saddle bags suffered from Velcro failure, but I’m not seeing any of that here since the strap goes through a loop first, then attaches to itself. Going that route significantly reduces the dependence upon the Velcro as it’s only needed to keep the strap attached to itself. It stays put like a champ.

The zipper is easily-moved with the bag still attached to the saddle rails. I had this attached to a couple of saddles, Fizik Arione and PRO Stealth without issue.

EVOC Saddle Bag Review

Talk about matchy matchy, right?

To keep its structure, the bag has a plastic, C-shaped insert that maintains its shape and also adds in water protection from water flipping off the tire treads. The ripstop nylon exterior also has a protective inner liner that, in concert, provides a highly water-resistant package. I didn’t ride in the rain, but spray tests yielded zero water penetration on the body of the bag, but the zipper does absorb water. Penetration is minimal, but it would have been a nice touch to add a waterproof zipper for added protection.

On the vanity side, it looks quite snappy on the Factor O2 Disc, right? I could not have planned it any better, but other color options are available.

The Good

  • Stays put… nuff said
  • Double-back straps will maintain Velcro-ness
  • Good size without being too large
  • Maintains high level of water resistance

The Bad

  • Waterproof zipper would be nice

The Bottom Line: EVOC Saddle Bag

With saddle bags, one of the critical features is retention. EVOC solves this by doubling the straps back through standard loops so the Velcro doesn’t have to support the bag. Nice work there. The bag itself is large enough for all the tools and necessities for a long ride. Get one that matches your ride and off you go. This affordable bag is a keeper.

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About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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