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Verdict: 
A good choice for bikepacking, particularly as a bar bag, with easy access from both ends
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Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll
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The Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14L is a lightweight, convenient way to pack for cycling adventures. Just be aware there's a reason it's that light.

The Double Roll weighs in at 175g on the road.cc Scales Of Truth, for a double-ended bag with twice the buckles and webbing of a normal drybag. This is on par with similar lightweight double-ended offerings such as the Alpkit Airlok Dual 13L, which although a litre smaller does include compression straps.

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Inside, the construction is tape-sealed along the bag but there's no sealing around the stitching at the top of the bag. If you roll the top of the bag over a full two turns the top will be effectively isolated from the contents, so this isn't an issue.

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - clip.jpg

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - clip.jpg

The fabric is rated as 100% waterproof, and under my garden-hose-shower-for-an-hour test regime the bag withstood moisture ingress – a test far tougher than even the worst British weather could muster. Testing by filling the bag itself with water did show some leaking around the rolltop closures (folded over fully twice), but that's a different kettle of high pressure wet fish to the intended purpose, paired with Restrap's other products for bikepacking.

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - roll-top.jpg

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - roll-top.jpg

The raison d'être of the double-endedness is to allow access from... well, it's implicit in the name. When matched with the Restrap Bar Bag Holster (review to come) you can access contents without unstrapping the whole bag, which would require additional faff to then repack and redistribute contents, to then get the whole setup nicely balanced out once more.

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - empty.jpg

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - empty.jpg

On changeable cooler days I used one end to store gloves and headgear/arm warmers, the other end for a rainshell and thicker top. It was perfectly do-able to unclip a bag end, unroll, fetch or stash kit, then re-roll closed.

The bikepacking market is evolving, though, with UK brand Wildcat now offering a double-ended drybag with separate internal liners to keep wet gear apart from dry, for example – but you're paying nearly three times as much for the extra layer of protection there.

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The construction of the Double Roll drybag is a tube of thin, waterproof material, with the nylon webbing stitched to it at each end. The nature of construction means you should take due care when packing, not using excessive force to cram as much in as possible lest you find the sheer strength limit of the material/stitching interface. I have a military-grade PVC drybag (think fisherman's trousers material) where the fold strap is welded to the outside of the continuous tube, but it weighs nearly four times the Restrap, is single-ended, and is far less compressible.

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - inside.jpg

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - inside.jpg

Given the Restrap product is a lightweight bag most likely to pair with the Restrap handlebar holder, using it for holding lighter, easily compressed items such as down sleeping bags, jackets and the aforementioned extremity clothing is probably the way to go. There's nothing stopping you pairing this bag with the Restrap Saddle Bag Holster if you like, but you are losing a small amount of capacity over the single-ended 145g 14L bag due to the need to roll the second end over twice to afford a properly good seal.

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - detail.jpg

Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll 14 Litre - detail.jpg

All in all, the Double Roll drybag is a useful, lightweight choice for bikepacking, or indeed general travel use, pairing nicely with Restrap's other products.

Verdict

A good choice for bikepacking, particularly as a bar bag, with easy access from both ends

road.cc test report

Make and model: Restrap Dry Bag Double Roll

Size tested: 14 Litre

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?

It's for people wanting to keep their stuff dry but easily accessible.

Restrap says:

Following great demand, we bring you bespoke Restrap dry bags in 8L, 14L or 14L with double roll. Subtly branded, the bags are 100% waterproof and fit all our saddle bags and bar bags.

Colours: black

Size: 14 litre Double Roll

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Fabric is on the thin side, which is directly related to weight.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
5/10

On par with other offerings.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Drybags aren't that complicated – shop around and research your needs. You may save some money.

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

Well enough – kept stuff dry and was easy to open/close.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Looks snazzy.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I think it could be more robustly assembled.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, but they should shop around.

Use this box to explain your score

The Restrap product is perfectly functional, but for the money a few other double-ended bags offer a bit more functionality. Given the market is fairly niche and companies in it are generally offering high-end products, the rating isn't an indication it's not a good choice, rather that the competition is high. If you want it to match your other Restrap products, it's an OK choice.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 183cm  Weight: 72kg

I usually ride: Merida Ride 5000 Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, club rides, general fitness riding, mountain biking, Dutch bike pootling

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matthewn5 [1190 posts] 9 months ago
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At last, a nice cheap bikepacking accessory!