Our friends at Planet Bike sent over their handy “Snack Sack” for us to test a few months ago. Well, it’s time for a review!
Those of you of the triathletic persuasion may recognize this style of small frame bag…it’s often referred to as a “Bento box”, and is commonly used by triathletes to store energy gels and the like. Don’t let those athletic origins scare you off though, commuters; this little bag is quite useful for a host of other day-to-day items.
First, a little about the bag straight off the Planet Bike website:
–Ideal for ride snacks, phone, keys, wallet, first aid kit, and map
–Internal padding protects cargo
–White liner material makes finding items easy
–Hassle free pull tabs and dual zipper leash makes opening easy
–43 cu. in.
–7 inches long, 3.5 inches on tallest side, 2 inches tall on shorter side
Two straps hold it onto the frame, attaching around the top tube and the fork steerer. The hook and loop straps easily slip under cables on the bikes I tried it on (underside cable routing), but those of you with top-routed brake and shift cables may run into issues with cable rub. Once attached, the Snack Sack is pretty secure, even with a full load.
Inside, the bag is lightly padded to protect goodies and lined with white nylon fabric, making it easy to spot small items.
Up top, the Snack Sack has a zippered opening with tethered zipper pulls. Unzip the bag and leave it unzipped for quick access to items; there’s a backup hook and loop piece to secure the lid from flapping open (under the t-shaped webbing in the photo below):
Reflective trim (in this case, the bag’s piping) is always a nice feature…Planet Bike is always careful to add some nighttime safety into most of their products, and this one is no exception. A little extra dazzle goes a long way at night!
My wife and I stored our wallets, keys, cellphones, repair kits and a number of other items in the Snack Sack with ease. It’s particularly handy for phones or cameras — easily reached mid-ride and quickly deployed as needed. The bag itself is proving to be quite durable, and at a price of $17.00 or so, it’s very affordable.
And, the Snack Sack, as its name indicates, is also a handy place to store snacks…even White Castle sweet-potato fries with extra salt, the ride fuel of true commuting champions…booya!
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