There are prime tube baggage, after which there may be the SKS Explorer prime tube bag. It boasts not only one however two zippered, waterproof compartments, a see-through plastic prime to be used with a smartphone, and a port for charging your telephone or plugging in headphones on the go. I examined one over three days and 340 miles of bikepacking and located it to be fairly practical.
Dimension and weight
I made a decision to load up the SKS Explorer with my telephone, digital camera, a face masks, an additional battery, and snacks for straightforward entry throughout the day. The highest tube bag is within the good place to be accessible and to maintain the telephone clearly seen whereas driving.
The SKS Explorer has two compartments; the highest one is about 40mm tall (1.5in) and is supposed to carry a smartphone. My iPhone X matches simply, leaving sufficient room for a ten,000mAh moveable battery for further power-ups throughout the journey.
The decrease compartment is far deeper; it ranges from 75 to 90mm (3 to three.5in) deep, and is about 75mm vast by 180mm lengthy (3x7in). I used that house to hold a compact digital digital camera, a face masks, and about 500 snack energy in bar type. With a reasonably stiff and inflexible base, the bag holds its form properly and incorporates a little bit of padding to maintain electronics protected.
Altogether the SKS Explorer prime tube bag I examined weighs 213g.
I had no downside putting in this bag with the included straps. The 2 backside straps are a lot lengthy to cope with most prime tube or entrance triangle configurations, and there’s a 3rd stem strap to supply side-to-side stability. I used to be somewhat frightened the bag would flop round resulting from its peak, and the truth that I had so many heavy electronics inside, but it surely stayed rock stable and wanted zero changes throughout my testing.
Just like the SKS handlebar bag I reviewed, the Explorer straps have a pleasant, grippy coating on the underside that’s each anti-slip and anti-scratch.
One of many options that drew me to the SKS Explorer prime tube bag is the clear plastic smartphone pouch on prime. I knew I might be spending 12+ hours a day on the bike, and who can go that lengthy with out their telephone? I used to be stunned that the plastic cowl is obvious sufficient to make use of Face ID to unlock a telephone, and it’s additionally touch-friendly. Oddly SKS selected so as to add a considerably raised — however sealed — circle on the quilt the place one may discover a house button on their telephone. It seems the most recent variations of the bag skip this “function.”
Inside the highest compartment, there’s a chunk of mesh and two velcro straps for holding the telephone securely. It’s a pleasant contact and little question retains the telephone from flying out if you unzip the compartment, nevertheless it does make taking the telephone out a little bit of a problem each time you should use it in handheld mode.
There’s a port on the backside of the smartphone compartment for operating an influence cable or wired headphones. Utilizing this looks as if it might compromise the waterproofness a bit, and I discovered the place of the port wasn’t excellent for charging my bar-mounted GPS from the battery pack inside the highest tube bag. As a substitute, I ran the cable from the highest and used the helpful, dual-end zippers to get the hole the place I wanted it.
I examined the SKS Explorer in some moist circumstances and it saved all of my electronics and my masks dry to the contact. Nonetheless, seen moisture appeared beneath the plastic cowl after a few day of driving, and I used to be by no means capable of totally eradicate it regardless of wiping it with a dry fabric frequently. I’m undecided if it was humidity or vapor from water that one way or the other infiltrated the bag. In both case, it made studying the telephone tougher at instances.
Quantifying the cool issue of an merchandise may be troublesome, although on this case it’s not, and it’s not, in the event you catch my drift. I might describe the look as biker geek, however that’s to not say the factor isn’t practical as hell. I’ll completely take the SKS Explorer on my subsequent bikepacking journey, and even my subsequent native path experience for the comfort issue alone. At $51.99 it’s somewhat dear for such a small bag, although most riders will possible get lots of use out of it.
Get together laps
- Simple to put in on most bikes
- Two waterproof compartments with good quantity of storage
- Clear prime cowl to be used with a smartphone
Professionals and cons of the SKS Explorer prime tube bag.
- Geek stylish
- Fogs up in moist or humid circumstances