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Verdict: 
Well-constructed work-horse of a bag, ready to tame your luggage needs
Weight: 
1,390g
Contact: 
www.carradice.co.uk

With Audax season well and truly here, the Carradice Carradry SQR Bag may be just the ticket for those looking for fresh luggage, or simply a gear-carrier for their daily commute.

A great deal of seat-post attached luggage is secured with straps and velcro. Not the Carradry SQR which has a rigid frame to attach to your seat post, with solid plastic clips to insert and fix the mounting points on the bag to - the SQR system. It's certainly not as light as velcro, but it is a far more solid mounting system, with the bag practically becoming part of the bike.

This does mean that the bag will swing in tandem to your movement, but unlike velcro, it won't swing any further, it is totally in sync with the you.

Carradice make a big deal about the bag being waterproof. Being placed directly above the rear wheel means it will take a beating from spray off the road, so if you are planning on using it for work clothes, or maybe even a small laptop (11in will fit) it had better be waterproof. It is. The wipe-clean reinforced PVC material may not be everyone's cup of tea but it certainly does an excellent job at keeping the weather on the correct side, and the waterproof zips are just that. The aesthetics are workman-like, but they grew on me.

The lid of the bag is expandable, so you can cram in additional stuff. It's worth noting that Carradice claim a weight limit of 10kg, but in reality the bike will handle like a drunk horse on an icey lake if you attempt to put that much in, rather though it will take a great deal of bulk, and the aforementioned laptop. The bag will take 14 litres - up to 18 when expanded. While this is great for bulky items, it presents the temptation to fill for the sake of it and add extra weight.

The two pockets on the side are ideal for storing more frequently needed items without opening the main compartment, and should you wish to add a roll matt (think DofE style camping) then there are D-ring points to allow it.

The bag's biggest issues for me were the amount of seatpost needed to attach it and allow it to be removed again. With the SQR mounting system on the post I found it tight to get the mount past the saddle rail.

Its weight was an issue for me. At 1.4kg it makes a difference straight away to the bike. Others may find this not a big deal, but I'm used to far-lighter, racier, bags.

I also found that due to my position on the saddle I could hit the bag with the back of my legs at times while pedalling. This wasn't really an issue but it served as a reminder that I needed to get further up the saddle to tap out the miles.

The handle on the bag was a useful addition, allowing it to be transported with ease, although the placement of the handle meant the bag was always going to be lopsided and rub your leg - hardly a show-stopper.

Overall I've enjoyed using the Carradice Carradry SQR Bag. It wouldn't make my Transcontinental kit list, due in large part to its 1.4kg weight, but it's seen many many miles of commuting over the last six months and handled them with aplomb. For longer rides and Audax events it's an ideal companion.

Verdict

Well-constructed work-horse of a bag, ready to tame your luggage needs

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Carradice Carradry SQR Bag

Size tested: Grey

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?

Riders needing capacity and weight bearing will be in luck, whether it be an Audax or a daily commute, the bag swallows a huge amount of kit and shrugs off the weather with ease.

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

2 external zipped pockets. Zipped internal clear-view pocket on under-side of lid. Zipped detachable mesh pocket inside main body

Other features: Made from wipe-clean reinforced PVC with high frequency welded seams

Roll top with quick release buckle fastening.

Removable lid with height adjustment straps and quick release buckles.

Fixed carry handle included.

Reflective straps and trim and led attachment strip

D Ring strapping points on top for additional loads

SQR system allows secure fitting and removal in seconds

Maximum recommended load - 10kg

Additional SQR blocks are available for swapping bag to other bikes

Frame Size Minimum exposed seatpost length required

22''+ (56cm) 60mm

21''+ (53cm) 85mm

20''+ (51cm) 110mm

19''+ (48cm) 135mm

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

The bag feels bomb-proof, it's handled hundreds of grotty miles with ease, and nothing has come undone and no water has penetrated at all.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

Excellent. The fixing is solid and the bag is really secure, it performs its duty as a load-bearer with ease.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
4/10

1.4kg is a big hit to take - my go-to bag is closer to 350g, so there's a price to pay for its sturdiness.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

It's certainly not cheap, but decent luggage isn't. For me it's a commute bag not an adventure bag (weight stops that for me), and in that capacity it does a great job, but for me it doesn't do both and for the price i think it should.

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

Very well. Excellent luggage storage and weather resistance.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's big enough to store a laptop in. A laptop...

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It's needy for seat post space, wanting every millimetre I had, so it was a bit tricky to put on and take off again.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes - for commuting.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

Well made and solidly performing, an excellent bag, slightly let down by its weight.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 176cm  Weight:

I usually ride: WyndyMilla Massive Attack, Raleigh SP Race, Hoffman BMX  My best bike is: WyndyMilla Massive Attack

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, Adventure-packing, crossing-countries

 

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dodgy [256 posts] 4 years ago
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I have the SQR slim, in my opinion slightly better shape for keeping folded items (shirt, trousers etc) in on the commute to work.

The SQR is a great choice for commuting, but most people still use panniers. Once you've tried an SQR, you'll wander why you ever bothered with panniers for commuting.

(PS. My other commuting bike has Ortliebs, lovely, but not a patch on the Carradice).

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bristol2brisbane [13 posts] 4 years ago
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Would this be a good option for touring on a brompton??

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John_the_Monkey [438 posts] 4 years ago
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@bristol2brisbane - I think there's someone on YACF that uses an SQR system on a Brompton, but for one of the "Originals" saddle bags.

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Andrewwd [40 posts] 4 years ago
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I also have the SQR slim. One of my favourite bits of bike kit. Use it everyday on the commute. Big enough to put groceries in on the way home. Durable, well thought out.

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reippuert [122 posts] 4 years ago
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I love my cotton SQR and i use it every summer for fast credit card touring form hotel to hotel in the Alpes, Massife-Centrale & the Pyranees.

I ride a normal road race bike with tubular tires and the SQR solution is the only way i can carry al my stuff on a road bike: extra set of cycling clothes, two pair og shorts, shirts, underwear, tools and spares, maps, rain clothing, non-cycling shoes, toothbrush etc & and iPad plus accessories.

I usually start out with 7-8kg and end up shipping 1-2kg back home becuase its too heavy when doing +130km & 4000m elevation day in and day out for two weeks. Its usually the warm clothes, tools, spares and the iPad that i ship home.

It tends to swing a bit when climbing out the saddle but i prefer that little problem to having a lot of weight in a backpack. When decending the extra weight on the rear wheel just makes it ride like on rails at 80-90km/h.

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Nick0 [189 posts] 4 years ago
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Not sure how you can score this so low - it's made in Britain (my duck cotton bag has a hand written made by Andrea tag inside it!) and there is nothing to compare it to - you can't critique it for swaying about unless you compare it to something that doesn't.

I also echo @dodgy - once you use one you won't go back to rack and panniers unless you are lugging even larger loads. These bags are brilliant!

My tuppence worth.
Nick0

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Mike_Hanley [6 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm having trouble finding this, based in Ireland so online is really my only option, my local shop doesn't stock it. Carradice are a bit vague on international shipping costs.

I could always use Parcel Motel I guess...

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jak001 [60 posts] 4 years ago
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I have been using this bag on my Brompton for the past 6 months and its fantastic. Keeps enough items in it for work (food, uniform, some documents), things can be held between the floating lid and the roll top bag as well. The two external pockets are great for quick to access items and the under lid pocket is perfect for rail passes.

I rotate the seat tube round when the Bromptons folded and the bag sits atop the whole bike in line with it making a neat, if slightly tall commuting solution.

The weight distribution is fine and with everything out of the way makes for a comfortable way to haul stuff on your folder.

I run Orlieb panniers on my tourer and the material of the Carradice is thicker and feels more sturdy, but both are great. The beauty of this bag is that any road dirt / water / spilt tea can simply be wiped off leaving a brand new looking bag.

Highly recommended.

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musicalmarc [107 posts] 4 years ago
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It's probably a bit large for a commuter bag. I use a Carradice cotton Saddlepack which is 8l. I can easily get a rolled up set of towel, trousers, shirt and underwear in it. It's much cheaper and lighter and works really well.

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bobinski [305 posts] 4 years ago
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Anyone know if the sqr bracket will fit a "D" shaped seat post like those used by Giant on my Defy advanced pro? I have emailed Carradice but no reply yet.