If you want to carry some emergency spares on your bike and not stuffed in your jersey pockets, a compact saddle bag is a popular solution. There's no shortage of options, but the Passport Frequent Flyer is a well designed and durable seat pack that fastens securely to the saddle rails.
The brochure says it's an ideal size for a short sportive, and that's true, but you can easily rely on it for longer rides. There's space for an inner tube, tyre levers and multi-tool, and a CO2 canister if you use those. It's possible to squeeze in two inner tubes if you dispense with the tyre levers and opt for a small multi-tool.
No problems fitting the pack, it attaches to the saddle rails with two Velcro straps either side of the pack looping through the rails, and another wraps around the seatpost. It fits most conventional bikes and saddles just fine. The three-strap system prevents the saddle bag from shifting about when riding and swinging from side to side when you're climbing out-of-the-saddle.
It's made from a tough 600D nylon material with a water-resistant zip, and the whole thing weighs just 87g so no worries about adding excessive weight to your bike. The material is semi-rigid so the pack holds its shape well, even if you don't make the most of its capacity. Inside is a high-vis liner to make it easy to find things and there's a small internal flap pocket to help you stay organised.
The addition of a clip for an LED light is a boon for commuting and touring cyclists, especially as the fitting of a saddle pack can rob you of space on the seatpost for mounting a rear light, depending on how much exposed seatpost you have.
Well designed, durable and easy to fit, with enough space for all the essentials you need on a long ride
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Passport Frequent Flyer Seat Pack
Size tested: n/a
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?
Passport says: "An ideal size for a short sportive, this can easily suit a spare inner tube, tyre levers, multi-tool, keys, and mobile phone. Neat wedge shape avoids this well designed bag from being too cumbersome. At a mere 87g this lightweight wedge bag is virtually unnoticeable."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Secure, fast & easy to fit 3 velco strap system.
Water resistant zip closure.
Large, full access, bottom hinged rear flap.
Internal small item rear flap pocket.
Hi-Viz internal liner to help find your possessions.
Small day-glow red reflective logo patch.
Semi-rigid plastic rear light bracket (for lightweight LED lights clip-on lamps)
Lightweight, water resistant, padded semi-rigid 600D nylon material.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to fit and very secure.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It's quite a large saddle pack so might tempt you to carry more stuff than you really need.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Maybe
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's very easy to fit, durable and weatherproof, with plenty of stowage space for your ride essentials. Definitely a good seat pack.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, mountain biking
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.