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Thanks to reassuringly solid construction, nice detailing and competitive pricing, Moore Large’s Outeredge branded three-pocket wedge pack will suit budget conscious road and mountain bike riders seeking well-organised and relatively capacious under saddle storage.
Contrasting barley detailing complements the time honoured black nylon construction which seems highly resistant to abrasion. It’s not waterproof in the literal sense but tested along very wet rural roads on a bike without guards for a couple of hours gave me sufficient confidence to stash compact cameras and similar perishables without fear of water damage and is easily wiped clan using a damp sponge.
The main compartment swallows large multi-tools, spare tubes, micro training jacket, tyre levers and other necessities without feeling over burdened and there’s an elasticated lip for capturing cash and/or cards. The two smaller pockets riding piggy back are perfect for swallowing small compact cameras, mobile phones, iPods etc but have a tendency for brushing against the thighs when paired to minimalist cutaway perches. Black webbing underneath does a fine job of holding most styles of mini pump securely, easily passing my time honoured bridle path test. Zippers are usually a weak spot at this end of the market but thoughtfully large, rubberised tags ensure quick and easy access-even with wet or muddy full-finger gloves.
The quick release bracket works on the Klick Fix principle combined with a post mounted Velcro strap further eliminates sway. However, these are less substantial compared to premium brands so a little thread lock is good insurance when installing and prevents hunting for stray bolts by road or trailside. Getting sufficient purchase using Phillips head drivers found on most multi-tools can prove tricky and prevents hunting. A thick woven LED tab accommodates most lights with rigid clips and reflective logos provide further nocturnal visibility-something of a godsend given the pack can obscure lighting on bikes with modest amounts of exposed post. This can also prohibit the use of post-mounted bottle cages, which could be a turn off for some, but otherwise there’s little to complain about.
Verdict: 7 Surprisingly good budget wedge pack.
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Make and model: Outeredge Triple Pocket 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?
The Outer edge is a neatly designed medium sized quick release seatpack with stylish detailing aimed at road or mtb use.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Klick Fix design nylon bracket, nylon construction with attractive sand detailing, mediuym sized main compartment with webbing to catch mini pump and other overspill. Two smaller comparttments ride piggy back and are great for stashing more delicate items. Rubberised zips make for easy entry/exit, although the bag is water resistant rather than waterproof.
Nicely made for the money.
178g including bracket isn't unreasonable.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Outer edge performed very well in most contexts, although it can obscure some LEDS depending on how much post you have showing and aside from some compact frames, it will prohibit the use of a post mounted bottle cage. Run of the mill nylon fabric is pretty good at keeping the contents dry but it's not waterproof to the same degree as more technical fabrics and the resin Q/R bracket lacks the rigidity of more expensive models.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Nice, stylish design with equally sensible fitting kit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing, although interferes with rear mounted bottle carriers.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
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)