With all the adventures we have planned this year I was in need of a front bag which would be easy to pack, be able to remove from the bike without any hassle and stable while bike packing over rough terrain. It also needed to provide ease of access on my normal commute into work.
Step forward the Restrap Rando Bag.
Our recent trip to Florida was a perfect opportunity to see how this bag would hold out over 1300km of mixed terrain and several flights.
The bag, which is made in Yorkshire, comes with everything you need to attach it to a rack, although we found that larger racks which allow you to fully attach the plastic/magnetic mounting plate work far better.
It stayed in place while we hiked across undulating terrain which was hard enough to walk on let alone cycle. While we had to lift our bicycles over farm gates without any issues and even when I lost concentration and made a very theatrical fall sideways there was little movement.
My kit also stayed dry when we were met by an enormous downpour which had similarities to a monsoon. The bag was certainly tested.
The magnetic fasteners which connect the bag to a front rack, hold it securely it place while also allowing for quick release if required. The bag is sturdy, and semi rigid which allows for easy packing, while also allowing for easy access when you need to snack on your trail mix or almond M&Ms (How we miss those now we are back in the UK).
The Restrap Rando Bag does what you need it to do without any fuss. It’s designed to be fully versatile, to go anywhere for anything. I have used many front bags over the last few years (more reviews to follow), and the Rando Bag certainly stands out.
Now we are back to the real world, and the current lock-down does mean that plans for future bike packing trips have been curtail, however the Restrap Rando Bag will do just as well carrying your shopping.
Restrap Rando Bag Large
Size: 17 litres
Dimensions: W30 x H25 x D22cm
Made: 100% handmade in Yorkshire, England