|Wolfman Duffel Bag in the Rain|
|Wolfman Dry Duffel Bag|
This is a short review of the Wolfman waterproof bag.
On my last long tour I used a SAC bag that was given to me by a friend. Actually he gave me two bags but one seems too small and the other too large. I used the small SAC bag on my last tour. I had two problems with the bag 1) it was too small to hold what I couldn't fit into the saddle bags and 2) the bag is water resistant - not waterproof. I was carrying my sleeping bag and thermarest on top of my seat along with the SAC bag. Well... that was only good until the first rain. A friend carried my sleeping bag for the rest of our tour. The size of the SAC bag is 16 inches long and 10 inches diameter.
Thus the reason for the purchase of the Wolfman bag. I looked at several bags including the BMW Roll 2 but the BMW bag is currently selling for about $250. That's too much for me. The wolfman looks very good and cost me $103.99 with free shipping. I got it through Amazon but the shipping company was Rocky Mountain. I went with the medium size bag. The official name on my invoice is "Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Bag medium yellow". One thing I like about this bag is that it comes with lots of straps. I think the total number of straps is 6 straps plus the hand and shoulder straps.
I put a few items in the bag that I will be carrying in this bag because they don't fit in my saddle bags - for example my sleeping bag and pad. I also threw in a pair of riding pants, waterproof pants, under pants, camp pillow, and a pull over shirt into the bag for the purpose of taking these pictures. This bag comes in three sizes. All are about 11.5 X 11.5 inches and come in lengths of 20, 24, and 28 inches. Like I said - I went with the middle size. By the way, my sleeping pad fits in the bag without having to fold it in half.
|The bag straps on to my bike much better in this position|
Here's the weird thing about this review... I've never used it on the road let alone in the rain. But having said that I am sure that it will not leak water. It's just too well made. Look at the top photo and you can see that it does not even come close to sitting on the bags. This size fits perfect even if you mount it lengthwise (see the photo above). Comes with the straps that you need but I will be using my Rok straps to tie it to my bike. I will update this review if I need to after I field test the bag.
Another piece of advise... don't fold the opening like I did in the photos above. It fits and seals better if you fold the opening in small folds. The straps on each end keep the fold closed on the ends. The top straps keep it closed on top. The straps on the seat in the photo above are used to strap the bag on to your bike.
TSP rating for this bag = 8. (1-poor, 10-best)
Update: Rode in rain and my stuff stayed dry! In addition to the rain you see in the video above we rode about 400 miles in rain. I had zero problems with water leaking into the Wolfman.