Looking at Moore Large’s own brand seatpack, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled back in time some twenty years. There’s no LED tab, a single, expandable compartment and very basic nylon construction but it remains serviceable enough for budget conscious riders needing a big pack.
Simple Velcro strapping snakes around the saddle rails and seatpost, eliminating sway. The corpulent single compartment cheerfully swallows two multi tools, tyre levers, spare tube, micro-type-training jacket, a multi function wrench, two tiny LEDs and a chocolate/energy bar of choice. The crude, yet effective internal nylon base adds further rigidity but you’ll have to mount your mini pump on the bottle cage or tote it in a jersey pocket as there’s no webbed strapping on the underside.
This design precludes delicates such as compact cameras unless very well packed as contents can rattle annoyingly-especially over lumpier surfaces and the fabric certainly isn’t waterproof. In fairness, tucked away beneath the saddle and on bikes with full length guards this isn’t a problem but several miles of wet forest trails left the material soggy so lining with a carrier bag is a sensible precaution. However, it does seem fairly receptive to machine washing should it become very grimy/smelly.
Checked periodically, the Velcro straps stay very secure but modern Klick-Fix brackets are more convenient, especially if you lock your bike in the street. While there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the bag, times have moved on and even budget shop brands offer LED tabs, quick release mounting brackets and easy-grip rubberised zippers as standard, and for similar money.
Dated design but a worthy enough budget wedge pack
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Make and model: Moore Large Large 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?
Moore Large's large seatpack is aimed at budget conscious riders needing a capacious under-saddle tool caddy.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Simple Nylon construction, one large, expandable zippered compartment with a reflective strip sewn into the back panel.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The large wedge pack is a capacious tool caddy swallowing multi-tools, tyre levers, tubes, patch kit and lots more beside without suffering indigestion. Old fashioned nylon straps enable surprisingly secure sway-free mounting-even fully laden. However, basic materials and construction show their limits in wet weather and/or conditions.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
No-frills design and voluminous capacity.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)