BTR Black & Silver seat pack  £9.99

3/10

Basic seat pack that feels dated and poor value alongside its competition

Weight 78g   Contact  www.btrdirect.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   August 6, 2014  

BTR Large Seat Wedge Pack Bike Bag

Given its comparatively bijou dimensions, the BTR large seat wedge pack bag is a distinctly no-frills gear carrier and something of a contradiction in terms, since despite its name it's actually quite small and just about carry the basics - spare tube, multi tool, patch kit, tyre levers etc. Its construction and materials also feel decidedly low-rent in comparison with some other packs at similar prices.

It attaches to the saddle rails and post via three thin black Velcro straps, which are reasonably secure on 27.2mm posts but a surprisingly sloppy fit on narrower posts, still common on older/cheaper bikes. The pouch is made from neutral grey/black soft shell nylon, sports reasonably uniform stitching and a generous webbed LED mount.

Internally it's a single compartment with webbed sub-section presumably for bank card/ID but that proved a more useful parking spot for spare patches. Access is via a black tag, which was fiddly even with nimble fingers and a non-starter in winter weight gloves. The concertina panels prevent tyre levers and patch kit from falling out.

So long as you can persuade the Velcro to cling the BTR bag is pretty unobtrusive with minimal sway on reasonably smooth roads. This song remained much the same off-road too. Scorching along deserted singletrack, there was a slight shimmy but thankfully the soft shell muffled multi-tool 'n' patch kit percussion and blinkies have also remained safely on board.

Light to moderate showery rain, road and trail spray haven't penetrated the outer fabric, thanks largely to its sheltered location. Close encounters with a watering can saw rapid saturation but it dries reasonably quickly at room temperature.

While overall performance has exceeded my expectations, brands such as B'Twin are offering vastly superior, wallet friendly fare that gives some established household names a seriously good run for our hard earned, which leaves this one feeling cheap and not particularly cheerful.

Verdict

Basic seat pack that feels dated and poor value alongside its competition

road.cc test report

Make and model: BTR Black & Silver seat pack

Size tested: Black

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"Black and silver seat pack. Easy to put on and take off the bike with clip on straps so no tools needed! Handy strap for a rear light to be fixed to the bag"

True enough but feels decidedly low-rent alongside similarly priced competition.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

"180 x 120 x 80 mm

Reflective face

Water Resistant

Easy fitting and removal with clip on straps

Strap on face of bag for clipping on a rear light"

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
4/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
3/10

Functional enough.

Rate the product for durability:
 
4/10

Main pouch seems fairly rugged.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
5/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
3/10
Rate the product for value:
 
2/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

My main problem with this wedge pack is that while functional enough, there's no shortage of better quality, similarly priced competition. The main compartment seems fairly hard wearing, manages the basics and the LED tab is reassuringly substantial. However, the retention straps are at best OK and accessing the main compartment in gloved hands is unnecessarily fiddly.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Fairly rugged bag material.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Feels cheap throughout.

Did you enjoy using the product? No.

Would you consider buying the product? No.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No.

Overall rating: 3/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

1 user comments

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A very detailed review, but what can you tell us about the BTR brand. It's slightly unfair comparing them to BTwin without a little background. BTwin are the cycling arm of Decathlon, so have massive resources to source their branded-kit at low cost from factories in Asia (I'm happy to be proven wrong!). That's not a problem in itself, but does BTR offer something that could sway people's buying decisions?
From what I can find online (they aren't that easy to find - try btrdirect.co.uk?) BTR are a Sussex based business that have been trading for ten years. It seems that they import their bags, a fairly traditional (old-fashioned) range.
In support of the bags, I have a couple of these 'simple' strap-on bags - they're ideal for use on a mountain bike (where I keep some tyre tools in a pack and carry other stuff in a rucksack) and also for the kids (where a cheap pack for carrying some 'emergency' tools is handy).

www.mombee.com - Muddy bikes, Road bikes and Family rides in Malmesbury and the South West

posted by Mombee [58 posts]
7th August 2014 - 8:06

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