Small but perfectly formed, the SKS Race Bag XS is an ideal way of stowing the absolute essentials for a ride on your bike. It's simple to fit and remove, sturdy, keeps out the weather and doesn't rattle. Only the size might be an issue for you, but if it is larger versions are available.
The bag is made from waterproofed nylon hanging from a solid plastic top section. There's a single zip, and inside there's a neoprene sleeve to keep your tool from rattling around and enough room left over for a tube and a CO2 inflator, and that's about it. Even squeezing a puncture kit in there took some doing.
The Race Bag attaches to your saddle via a rotating lock; there's a section attached to the rails permanently, and you just twist the bag through 90 degrees to release it. That's super handy when you've stopped as you don't need to stoop down to dig out your tools. Once in place it feels sturdy and rattle free. There's a light loop on the back, and reflective piping too.
Our test sample got some rotten conditions to play with - most notably a very soggy Fred Whitton Challenge over tough Cumbrian roads in tough Cumbrian conditions - and it stayed dry inside throughout. Okay it's a bit of a squeeze to get everything in, but there's plenty of bigger seatpacks out there, even within this range, so there's no point moaning that this one is small; aside from that it performed admirably and it looks smart on the bike too.
Well made, waterproof, rattle-free seatpack for the bare necessities
road.cc test report
Make and model: SKS Race bag XS
Size tested: Extra Small
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The SKS RACE BAG XS can easily be attached to the saddle rails with no tools. A separate
compartment inside for a multi tool and water resistant material ensure all items are protected.
Other features: attachment loop for safety light and reflective piping.
Very nicely put together
No fuss, no frills, just what you need.
No problems during testing and it had some bad weather to deal with
If you're complaining about a bag this big holding you back, you're scratching around for an excuse
Decent value for the spend
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Well made, rattle-free
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
on the limit of what you might deem a useful size...
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 38 Height: 190cm Weight: 98kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.