This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gunflint Trail vs. Sackville Large saddlebags

I just received what I hope to be an upgrade to my camping equipment. 
In the foreground is the Sackville Large Saddlesack.  No, it's not a matter of perspective,
it really is that much bigger than the Frost River Gunflint Trail.
I've used the Gunflint Trail for years, have loved it, and still do.
Even though it is quite large, many things are bulky and it is just adequate.
What I normally carry is three changes of clothing, my "kitchen," a pair of woolen tights and long sleeved shirt for sleeping.  It all scrunches down nicely and the flap just covers it when it's loaded.
Normally I will just clamp my rain gear to the outside with the Pletscher mousetrap.
There is plenty of room in the outer pockets for hygiene and personal items. but, as I found on my springtime trip, any change makes things difficult or impossible to pack.  When I went on the trip to the GAP/CO trails the substitution of long sleeved shirts and long pants pushed the whole thing beyond it's limits and I was strapping things on top before the trip was over.
Obviously the Sackville Saddlesack will be easier and more versatile to pack.  It also has a few added features.  Inside there is an additional flap to cover the contents.
The same gear fits with room to spare for raingear and maybe
 the hatchet which gets strapped outside most of the time.
There are not only two larger pockets on the sides, there are two facing either side of the saddle
 as well as a snap off sleeve on the top flap.  
So now I have 5 outside pockets which can prove to be very convenient.  
The top flap is longer and less likely to be stretched beyond it's limits.
The big reflective strip is a plus in my opinion.
The only real downside is having extra room. I managed a few offices and stores in my day, I know that extra space fills up.  I just hope I keep my head and use the extra space for convenience,
not more stuff to carry!


  1. Wow, it's huge. Good looking bag too.

  2. I'll be fighting the urge to bring more stuff, but it will certainly be a lot easier to pack and the five exterior pockets eliminate the need for a handlebar bag.

  3. Thank you for your review. I am currently trying to decide between these two bags. Five years later, which would you choose?

    1. I'd have a hard time choosing, but, being larger, the Sackville helps on week long trips. On the other hand, I believe Rivendell has quit making the giant size I have and the largest they make now is about the same size as the Gunflint Trail. Tough decision.

    2. Thank you Marc! If I could afford it, I'd get'em both!