In the “The Lab” we present the latest products and put them through their paces for you. Some undergo long-term tests, while we check others out only briefly. This time we reveal how the Bedrock Bags Greysill hip pack fared.
The weather is being temperamental and you need more spare layers than you can fit in your jersey. Your gravel adventure is going to take you into unknown terrain and you need supplies for the whole day. If you’ve ever had this problem then you shouldn’t overlook how useful a hip pack can be. The Bedrock Bags Greysill is handmade in Durango, Colorado and with a weight of 284 g, it’s one of the lightest luggage options that we’ve come across in this 4 L size. The construction quality is excellent with no loose threads or seams anywhere. The fabrics used are high-quality, lightweight and water-resistant, though not 100% waterproof. The means the hip pack will happily withstand a shower, road spray or even a downpour, but you probably shouldn’t take it swimming…
The Greysill Hip Pack has a single large compartment with a divider on the padded back of the bag and is closed with a sturdy waterproof zip. In addition, the bag has a slim zip-pocket in the lid, which flaps down over the main compartment and is secured with two straps. The adjustable length of the buckles means it’s also possible to stuff a jacket underneath if you run out of space in the main compartment or want easy access to it. In addition, these straps provide an easy way to adjust the volume of the bag, making it perfect regardless of how full or empty it is. You do need to pay some attention when packing the main compartment with only one divider for organisation. Quick access to the inside isn’t the Bedrock’s strength due to the dual flap and zip closure. Likewise, the hip straps also need to be adjusted when putting the bag on, adding a little extra time. However, once sorted, the bag sits comfortably and securely thanks to the wide belt. It offers excellent freedom of movement and your jersey stays in place, rather than slowly working its way upwards. $ 100 is a completely reasonable price for a product that is 100% handmade in the USA. Unfortunately, you can only order the bag directly though, meaning you’ll have to pay extra for import duty.
The Bedrock Bags Greysill Hip Pack isn’t an option for those who need to grab something from it every few seconds but is a brilliant and versatile option for carrying variable amounts of gear comfortably and securely on your ride whether you’re on your road, gravel or mountain bike. For its volume, the bag is very light and is very well constructed. With ten colours available, everyone should be able to find the one that suits them.
- high-quality construction
- very light for its size
- secure regardless of how much you carry
- adjustable volume
- cumbersome access to main compartment
- has to be ordered directly from the US
Duration 4 months
Price $ 100
Weight 284 g
Volume 4+ L
More info bedrockbags.com
Words & Photos: Andreas Maschke