Death Valley trip illustrated I needed to get some more room in my side cases, otherwise I wasn’t going to be able to pack enough stuff for several weeks!
Unfortunately my “big bag” just won’t fit under the fork, and my Kriega US20 was just a bit too small. Giant Loop makes some cool, cleverly designed stuff – I’ve been beating up their tank bag for years.
In the “side loading” bag segment, they have several interesting options – the Giant Loop Revelstoke (Amazon) seemed to fit the best size/shape profile for me. Interestingly this is advertised as a “snow mobile” bag – I’m not sure why it would care if it is attached to a motorcycle.. but that’s what I’m doing!
This bag comes with Giant Loop’s “GL Mount” stainless steel clips that capture the pack straps. With the Kriega I always felt like I was fiddling with all the various straps and buckles. The GL Mounts promise to make removing and replacing the bag easier, while being very secure.
Here’s a close up of the “TRI GLIDE BUCKLES” that lock into the GL mounts.
They seem VERY secure, so I’m hoping this bag stays attached even if contents shift or I forget to really crank down on the straps.
So, size-wise, I can fit everything I had in the Kriega, plus my Luxury Lite Cot, my Bivy, and a few camp incidentals. It would be nice if I could also fit my sleeping bag, but I guess that’ll have to do – it frees up about half a side case. That should be JUST enough room with some judicious packing.