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Pro Maxi seatpack



If you are looking for a reasonably priced and saddle bag for most of your mechanical essentials you won't go far wrong here

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For those riding regularly, riding long miles or just plain forgetful a saddle bag like the Pro Maxi is an essential piece of kit. PRO, the accessory arm of Shimano, like its parent company manages to turn out a large amount of very respectable kit and the Maxi saddlebag is no exception. It's a well-made, well proportioned, securely fitting and water resistant pouch for your essentials.

Strapping the Maxi on only takes a matter of seconds with three simple but effective Velcro straps. The Velcro is that useful water and mud resistant type; an essential, (which is occasionally forgotten by some brands), given the pack is so often in the firing line from a barrage of muddy water. The fit on the bike is good. A solid look and feel is achieved by appropriate amounts of adjustment in all straps.

The 1.0L capacity is big enough for a multi-tool, a couple of tubes and some tyre levers. It's just big enough to free up your pockets other carry items, which hopefully need to be accessed more readily such as food or a gilet, without being annoyingly large. A small internal mesh pocket means that any smaller extras can be tucked away safely and avoid being dropped when taking an item out of the main pocket. As a mile muncher I pop in my Topeak Survival patch kit but for the caf con leche style rider you could whizz a few quid in here too without fear of losing it.

The Maxi ticks more boxes too; the zips are user friendly, even in the most insulating winter gloves and a touch of high-viz on the logos and seams is a not uncommon but very useful touch. A rear light loop is useful for visibility conscious or those without much exposed seat post to play with. Plus the whole thing is made from a non PVC based material which gives it better green credentials.

Perhaps the only odd feature is an extra side compartment about a credit card size. It is slightly hidden under the mounting straps and although it doesn't detract from the pack it seems a little redundant. The extra exposed zip also increases the danger of a leak on wetter rides.


All in all the Maxi pack is a no frills and well thought out saddlebag. Nothing especially exciting or innovative but equally nothing done different for the sake of being different. If you are looking for a reasonably priced and saddle bag for most of your mechanical essentials you won't go far wrong here.

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Make and model: Pro Maxi seatpack

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?

Just a saddle bag really, PRO don't say much on the matter.

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

Non PVC based material is a bit more environmentally friendly

Water resistant velcro

A touch of reflective details on the seams

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Rate the product for weight, if applicable:

No big heavy clips - so the weight is pretty good

Rate the product for value:

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Simple and effective

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 22  Height: 5\\\'11\\  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Boardman Pro C  My best bike is: Canyon \"Grand Canyon\" Ergon24 team issue

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Semi pro

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, mtb,

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slow-cyclo | 13 years ago

I have one and agree with the comment about the side pocket, seems odd. However bearing in mind the amount of mixed mileage my cross bike gets it seems very stable which was a real fear, what with having had saddle bags before which blow in the breeze a bit.

levi | 13 years ago

To be honest I think the size is fine. I manage to fit a couple of tubes, tyre levers, patches and this chunky thing

What else do you need in there? Leaves me to fit more food and extra clothes in my pockets. Not bad for 20 quid.

Looks-wise I think the Dirt Bag looks honkin' in comparison...

nbrus | 13 years ago

£20 seems a tad overpriced for a small empty saddle bag ... there are much better options available for less (e.g. Specialized Dirt Bag). Still, it seems like a quality item from the review and pics, but £15 would be nearer the mark for this, though I still wouldn't buy one for £15, as it's too small for my needs...

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