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REVIEW: TOPEAK WEDGE PACK II SADDLE BAG SIZES MICRO AND MEDIUM


We finish our series of gravel bag reviews with a Topeak saddle bag model Wedge Pack II in two sizes: Medium and Micro. This type of bag is very classic and very popular in the MTB world.

It is worth remembering that in these bag reviews, in addition to reviewing the product, we also focus on the suitability of each type of bag, so that you can identify which one is best for your gravel and for you.

Topeak saddle bag – a traditional brand

At the moment I have analyzed four types of bags for your gravel bike. I clarify that they are not for bikepacking, because here we will find other types and sizes of bags. They are bags for “normal” departures of several hours and, if we force or mount several, even for a whole day. Below is a very brief summary:

  • Upper tube bag (bento): Ease of access to certain items and maneuvering with the closure. Don’t sacrifice drums.
  • Handlebar bag: Same facility but does not interfere with aerodynamics. Don’t sacrifice drums.
  • Rear inner frame bag: Complicated access but does not obstruct the view when pedalling. You sacrifice drum in seat tube.
  • Front inner frame bag: Less complicated access and doesn’t obstruct your view when pedalling. You sacrifice drum in down tube.

All have their pros and cons as to functionality and aesthetics. To learn more, I recommend reading the respective articles.

  • AT THE GRAVEL PLANET STORE YOU CAN PURCHASE ANY TYPE OF BAG FOR YOUR GRAVEL. VISIT HER HERE.

Now it’s time to analyze the saddle bag, the most classic of all because if I remember correctly it was one of the first on the market. As a model of analysis we go to the brand American Topeak, a reference since 1991 in stock markets, but also accessories and tools for cycling. Topeak offers different models of saddle bags, some being Sidekick, Mondopack, Aero Wedge, Propack and the Wedge Pack, which we review and in two sizes: Micro (XS) and Medium (M).

Size M (Left) and XS (Micro): It all depends on what you will be storing.

Topeak also offers two other sizes in this model being small (S) and large (L). Immediately the capacity / weight of each of them:

  • Micro (XS): 0.5 L/77g
  • Small (S): 0.8 L / 135g
  • Medium (M): 0.95 – 1.25 L (expandable) / 152g
  • Large (L): 1.25 – 1.65 L (expandable) / 183g

The bags are made of nylon and all have the QuickClick® mechanism, with which it is hooked and unhooked to a fixed base on the saddle. In all four sizes it includes a reflective tape around it.

In size XS (Micro) storage is limited but sufficient for basic items. In size M there is plenty of room.

In sizes S, M and L it includes a ribbon to tie the bag to the pole or stem and also includes a yellow cover to protect it from the rain. That means the bags are not water resistant.

On the back of all bags is one band to hold a rear light that has a clip

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The difference in capacity between the stock market size XS (0.5L) and M (up to 1.25L) is a considerable thing. In the XS size I was able to store the following:

  • Chamber for tire from 28c to 42c.
  • multitool
  • Strip punch to cover holes in tubeless tires.
  • Small bag with two patches, air valve, air valve remover and a chain link link.
  • Tire remover spatula.
  • Ultra-thin chain with its closing mechanism.

In the preview image (left side) you can see these items.

Naturally, I was able to store these same items in the size M bag and, by opening the expansion closure, I was able to add the following items:

  • door key
  • Smartphone (Pixel 6a).
  • 100ml bottle of sun cream.
  • 100g bag of cocoanuts.
  • Protective rain cover, which comes from the factory with the bag.

Undoubtedly, the size M is more useful if you regularly only store items that fill its capacity. If you have room to spare, I suggest wrapping these items in small plastic bags so they don’t make noise when moving.

The difference is noticeable between sizes M (left) and XS.

The structure of the stock market in both sizes is therefore semi-solid is subject to slight deformations depending on the amount and type of load you mount them. It is not like water resistant bags which mostly have a solid structure, making them a bit heavier.

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As I previously pointed out bag size XS has only one attachment point with the QuickClick® mechanism, while the M (plus S and L) also have a band that fastens it to the seat post or tube to limit its movement. The band is long enough. The excess band will depend on how far back is the base of the stem or tube that holds the seat. In my case, which has a base back, I had no problem. You can see it in the following image.

In size M (and L) it expands when opening the bottom closure and capacity goes from 0.95L to 1.25L.

If you live in an area where it rains a lot then I do not recommend buying the XS size as it does not have a rain cover, which you can see assembled in the following Topeak image. In my case I didn’t need to use the one that comes included in the bag size M. If you remove the cover of the bag then you will have a little more storage space.

Rain protective bag in sizes S, M and L.

This Wedge Pack II bag model they are only available in black. In fact almost all Topeak saddlebags are sold in this color.

User experience

It is difficult to qualify the experience of using this type of saddlebags then you practically only see/use it when you store items in it and this happens when it is stopped. It’s not like other types of bags that you also use while moving.

However, I start with storage. The saw in this bag model opens about 320 degrees for this reason it allows the articles to be easily accommodated. At the bottom of the bag there is like a downward curvature (or ford), therefore I recommend placing patches or valves first. If you do it in a plastic bag better. This will prevent them from walking around in the bag.

After that you can place a spatula to remove wheel tires. In my case, my spatula is a bit long so it was barely. Then you place the camera so that it sits on the bag of patches and other minor items and the putty knife.

Once this is done, you place the items of preference. If your bag is size XS, you will be able to accommodate little else. In size M the space is obviously more generous.

On the other hand, attaching and detaching the bag from the base is quick and easy. It’s a solid mechanism, so it’ll last you a long time. You won’t have any problems here.

As for on-the-go use, the bag holds up well on gravel roads. If you walk on the trails here it tends to be choppy and a bit noisyjust like other parts of the bike so it’s normal.

Now let’s move on to the pros and cons of this type of bag.

Pros

  • Storage space that can range from 0.4L to 17L if you buy from other brands.
  • It is a bag that has evolved a lot in design, materials and size.
  • It does not interfere or hit the knees when pedaling.
  • Does not obstruct or block the front view and towards the front tire.
  • It has a firm attachment to the saddle post and/or seat base, although this will depend on the model and brand.
  • Your location allows you to place other bags in the box.
  • This model is not waterproof but some are.
  • It is aerodynamic due to its location (it does not obstruct the flow of air).
  • It does not alter the aesthetics of your bike much, even in large sizes.
  • Wide variety of models and designs available.
  • It’s a bag that goes unnoticed while you pedal.
  • Do not interfere with access to your drums.

Cons

  • It is impossible to access stored items while in motion.
  • The bigger the bag, the more “shrinking” or lateral movement the bag will have, causing noise and bra wear.
  • In the rainy season and mud it will get dirty nice and well, at least you put a loder.
  • Steals space on the stem to place a rear light. If your stem is short, you will have to place the light in one of the upper pods.
  • The ease of disassembly will depend on the type of attachment (bands or hooking).

If you want to view the two bags in video, the bag is size XS here and bag size M here.

concluding

The saddle bag is ideal for those who they do not want to observe any alteration of the sight while they roll It is the most traditional stock exchange and is closely linked to MTB. But if you like to have your items close at hand or within easy reach, you’ll have to opt for another type of bag.

price

The price depends on the country. Here is an approximate one.

  • Size XS: €12.50 or US $13 approx.
  • Size M: €17.30 or US $18 approx.

More information

Website of Toppeak. You can purchase gravel bike bags at Gravel Planet Store.

GravelBikes social networks

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  1. I cant believe the reviewer didnt mention the color options for the saddle bag! Thats crucial information!

    • Why limit yourself? Go big or go home! Attach a trailer to your bike and transform it into a mobile storage unit. Embrace the freedom of carrying all your essentials, plus extra goodies. Who needs to choose when you can have it all?

    • Well, not everyone wants to lug around a massive bag like theyre going on a world expedition. Some of us prefer practicality and convenience over unnecessary bulk. Different strokes for different folks, my friend.

  2. Micro or medium? I say go big or go home! Who needs a tiny saddle bag when you can carry half your house with you? #PackItAll

  3. I gotta say, the micro size sounds cute and all, but does it fit more than just a gum wrapper? #NeedDetails

    • Nah, not everyone wants to go big. Micro and medium options are perfect for those who prefer quality over quantity. Not everyone needs a mega pack, mate. Plus, going home can be pretty darn nice too. Different strokes for different folks, ya know?

  4. User experience is great, but who needs a saddle bag when you can carry everything in your pockets? #minimalistcyclist

  5. Wow, after reading the review on the Topeak Wedge Pack II Saddle Bag, Im seriously considering upgrading to the medium size! The user experience sounds top-notch and the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Im sold!

    • Hey, everyones entitled to their opinion, but personally, I think smaller saddle bags have their charm. Theyre practical, versatile, and dont overwhelm the bikes aesthetics. Big doesnt always mean better, my friend.

  6. User experience: Micro is too small, medium is too big, why not offer a size in between? #SaddleBagDilemma

    • Why would anyone need double the storage on their handlebars? Thats just excessive and unnecessary. Stick to one size that suits your needs, and stop cluttering up your bike with extra gadgets. Keep it simple and functional.

  7. Wow, I never thought a saddle bag could spark so much debate! Should we start a club for passionate saddle bag enthusiasts? #SaddleBagGang

  8. User experience is key! The Topeak Wedge Pack II saddle bag delivers, but does it have enough space for all my snacks? #SnackLoversUnite

  9. User experience: The Topeak Wedge Pack II saddle bag is a game changer! Holds all my essentials without any hassle. Love it!

    Pros: Compact size, easy to install, and durable material. Perfect for long rides!

    Cons: The micro size may not fit larger items, but hey, its meant for a reason!

    Concluding: Overall, the Topeak Wedge Pack II is a must-have for cyclists. No more worries about carrying essentials! Worth every penny.

    • I couldnt agree more! The Topeak Wedge Pack II is a true game changer. Its compact size and durability make it perfect for long rides. And hey, the micro size is meant for a reason, right? Definitely worth every penny!

  10. User: Wow, this review on the Topeak Wedge Pack II Saddle Bag sizes is spot on! But seriously, who needs a micro size? #teammedium

    • Reader: I couldnt disagree more! The micro size is perfect for those who prefer a minimalist approach. Not everyone needs to carry a ton of gear. So, while youre on #teammedium, some of us appreciate the compact convenience. Different strokes for different folks!

    • Seriously? Good luck fitting your phone, wallet, keys, snacks, and spare tube in those tiny pockets. #TeamPracticality #SaddleBagsForLife

  11. User experience with the Topeak Wedge Pack II saddle bag: meh. Pros: compact, easy to install. Cons: limited storage space. Concluding: decent, but not mind-blowing.

  12. I cant believe they didnt mention the most important thing – the color options! How am I supposed to match my bike now?

  13. User experience is key, but are the pros of Topeak Wedge Pack II worth the cons? Concluding, hmm…

    • Dont worry, weve all been there! It ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. Consider factors like portability, power, and budget. Do some research, compare the models, and make a decision that suits you best. Good luck! #DecisionMaking

    • Well, not everyone wants to walk around looking like a kangaroo with bulging pockets. Some of us prefer the convenience and style of a saddle bag. But hey, to each their own minimalist fashion statement. #DifferentStrokesForDifferentFolks

    • Well, its great that the micro size works for you, but not everyones priorities revolve around snacks. Some of us actually prefer practicality and functionality over indulging in constant munching. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

  14. I gotta say, the user experience with the Topeak Wedge Pack II sounds pretty solid. Props to that! However, are there any hidden cons lurking in the shadows? And the concluding remarks… will they leave us wanting more? Curious minds need to know!

  15. Wow, the Topeak Wedge Pack II Saddle Bag seems like a game changer! Cant wait to try it out and see if it lives up to the hype.

    • Ive tried the Topeak Wedge Pack II Saddle Bag and honestly, it didnt impress me much. Its just another overhyped product that doesnt deliver on its promises. Save your money and look elsewhere for a saddle bag that actually lives up to the hype.

  16. Wow, the Topeak Wedge Pack II saddle bag comes in micro and medium sizes? So many choices! #CantDecide #NeedThemAll

    • Ive tried both sizes and honestly, theyre just meh. The Micro is too tiny to fit anything useful, while the Medium is bulky and gets in the way. Save your money and look for a better saddle bag option.

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