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Half Frame Bags and Wedges for Bikepacking

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Half frame bags and wedge-shaped frame bags are the perfect workarounds for those riding small frames and folks prefer to leave room for water bottles. Compared to full frame bags, they tend to offer a more universal fit, making it easier to find the right size and providing a more affordable optionn than a custom frame bag. We put together a list of over 30 half frame bags and wedge bags, complete with specs, photos, and some thoughts on those we've tested…

A full frame bag is the golden ticket for taking advantage of every last nook and cranny of your bike’s main triangle. When it comes to squeezing in gear and how the extra weight affects the handling of a bike, positioning that weight low and above the bottom bracket offers the best of both worlds. Although there are lots of great options out there, finding a full frame bag that fits your particular frame is often challenging, and buying a custom-made bag can be pricey and have long wait times—which is where the half frame bag comes in.

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Half frame bags, wedge frame bags, or partial frame bags, whatever you want to call them, are typically designed to fill a portion of the main triangle, leaving space for a bottle or two in the process. Where space allows, a long, horizontal half frame bag will often permit the rider to mount a bottle on the downtube and seat tube, both of which are easily accessible while riding and keep the weight in a good position on the bike. For lightweight, warm-weather gravel trips, this is often one of the most efficient setups and one that we often employ when we can. Since these bags usually only work around the angles of the top tube and down tube, it’s easier to find a perfectly fitting non-custom half frame bag compared to a full frame bag.

Full or Half Frame Bag?

Choosing between a full or half frame bag ultimately comes down to personal preference, but there are some pros and cons of each. For starters, a proper fitting full frame bag makes the most of the space inside your main triangle, creating a fantastic spot to stow heavy, dense items that don’t pack nicely into saddle bags or handlebar setups. This will be particularly beneficial for those on large frames who have lots of real estate or for those with the budget for a custom frame bag to take advantage of every last inch of space.

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Half, partial, or wedge-shaped frame bags are inherently easier to fit, since they don’t usually interact with all of the frame’s tubes, which means readymade (non-custom) bags are a great option. Besides being cheaper, a half frame bag will normally leave room for one, or sometimes even two, bottle mounts, which can be essential for anyone hauling a lot of water. In some ways, half frame bags are more versatile than full frame bags, and are more appropriate for everyday use and commuting—especially if you’re not carrying lots of gear.

In the end, your main goal should be to take advantage of the space within your main triangle in a way that makes sense for you. We’ve had great success using custom-made full frame bags on longer trips, but we also appreciate the ability to mount a large Nalgene bottle on the seat tube next to a wedge-shaped bag, which is a great combination for general riding and multi-hour day rides.

Selecting a frame bag

There are numerous features to look out for when selecting a frame bag. Of course, we’re huge fans of supporting your local maker, which a look here or quick web search should help you find. You might be surprised by how many small brands are out there these days. Beyond that, a style and fit that makes sense for your needs (and frame) is perhaps the most important thing to look out for. Besides being more aesthetically pleasing, a proper fitting bag will make better use of what space you have, won’t bulge and rub against your knees, or prematurely wear out. Most manufacturers will provide some sort of size guide with measurements, based on the inside of your main triangle, which is often very helpful when determining what will and won’t fit. If you’re unsure, it’s safer to size down than get something too big.

Other features worth considering include waterproof construction, electronic/water bladder ports, multiple pockets, interior organization, and different attachment styles. Frame bags can be as simple or as complicated as you want, so take some time to figure out what will serve you best.

List of Half Frame Bags & Wedges

We’ve gathered a list of over 30 half frame bags and wedges, all available in standard, non-custom sizes and different shapes suited for nearly any bike out there. We’ve included key specs such as volume, fabric, and where the bag is manufactured, as well as the style of bag: half, wedge, or tiny wedge. It’s worth noting that many of these manufacturers also offer custom options, and we’ve tried to note that where applicable. As always, any bags we’ve tested ourselves are marked with a hexagonal T and include some additional thoughts in the text.

  • $108
    Apidura Backcountry Frame Pack

    Apidura Backcountry Frame Pack

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2L
    • Made Of: Nylon / TPU
    • Made In: China
    • Custom Options: No

    Apidura’s Backcountry Frame Pack is a lightweight, 100% waterproof frame bag for weekenders, long rides, and everyday riding. Its removable straps and reversible design makes it a versatile little frame bag that should work on a variety of different frames. It’s offered in a single 2L size, has reflective details for added visibility, interior lash tabs, and an electronics port.

    • Apidura Frame Pack
    • Apidura Frame Pack
    • Apidura Frame Pack
    • Apidura Frame Pack
    • Apidura Frame Pack

    Neil’s Thoughts: This small, 2L multi-directional bag from apidura is pretty handy. I’ve found myself using it on my full suspension bike for extra cargo for my day rides and it has accompanied me on some century rides this winter. Because of the mounting orientation option, the bag comes with two tiny zippers on each side that access one main compartment. The bag has a variety of different mounts and mountain locations to help accommodate a proper fit. It’s not a huge bag, actually one of the smallest in the index, but that means it is well suited for smaller frames or full suspension bikes. The simplicity and versatility are highlights to this bag from Apidura.

    • Weight: 150 grams (5.3 oz)
    • Price: $108
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $73
    Fairweather Half Frame Bag

    Fairweather Half Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2L
    • Made of: Nylon / X-Pac
    • Made in: Japan
    • Custom Options: No

    Handmade by Fairweather in Japan, the Half Frame Bag is a wedge-shaped half frame bag that can be positioned front-to-back or back-to-front, depending on what works best with your frame. It’s offered in a nylon or X-pac construction, and has five fixed and one removable strap. There is a single main zippered compartment, as well as a smaller sleeve on the non drive-side for slimmer items.

    • Fairweather Half Frame Bag
    • Fairweather Half Frame Bag

    Miles’ Thoughts: Although I’ve only been using the Fairweather Half Frame Bag for a short while, I can attest to its lightweight design and quality workmanship. It isn’t as big or as wide as the frame bags I normally use, but its slim design is both clean and great for smaller frames, and if the shape works well with your bike then it could make a great option for bikepacking and day rides.

    • Price: $73
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $80
    Outer Shell Half Framebag

    Outer Shell Half Framebag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 1.9 - 3.5L
    • Made of: Cordura / X-Pac
    • Made in: USA
    • Custom Options: no

    California-based Outer Shell designed their Half Framebag to fit well on most frame sizes while still offering room for water bottles in the main triangle. The bag’s measurements only change a small amount between sizes and tapers slightly towards one end. The small bag has a 2″ taper in the rear, which is great for riders on small frames with sloping top tubes. The large centre strap is fixed, but the remaining three straps are removable thanks to some daisy chain webbing. Although the standard pricing is for a Cordura construction, you can get an X-Pac version for an additional $10.

    • Outer Shell Half Framebag
    • Outer Shell Half Framebag

    Neil’s Thoughts: A proper fit has a lot to do with the bags overall functionality and the medium bags fits my 56cm Warbird very well. I used this bag on a number of bikepacking trips this past fall, giving me the ability to store plenty of gear while still maintaining two bottles within the frame. The simple, yet super durable bag comes with a large main compartment that is lined with a durable haplon fabric. Foam padding is sewn in around the circumference of the bag to help protect the bag’s contents and anything in the bag from rubbing up against the frame. The Cordura bag is coated with polyurethane which aids in water repelling and webbing daisy chains are installed to customize the fit to your bike. Finally, I really appreciate the stitching detail which is very professional and clean. The only thing I might change on the bag is adding an oversized molded tooth zipper for durability, but so far the drive and non-driveside zippers have had no issues.

    • Weight: 275 grams (9.7 oz)
    • Price: $80 (Medium / Cordura)
    • Place of Manufacture: California, USA
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  • $90
    Oveja Negra 1/2 Pack Frame Bag

    Oveja Negra 1/2 Pack Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3 - 4L
    • Made Of: X-Pac
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: no

    Handmade in the USA, the Oveja Negra 1/2 Pack Frame Bag shares many of the same specs as their Super Wedgie wedge frame bag. It’s constructed from X-Pac and Cordura, comes in four sizes (S,M,L,XL), and a variety of different colours. Looking for something truly unique? Check out their line of Wack Packs, which are made from random colours of fabric, webbing, and straps.

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    • Otso Warakin Ti
    • Weight: 198 grams (7 oz)
    • Price: $90 (Medium)
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
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  • $95
    Oveja Negra Super Wedgie

    Oveja Negra Super Wedgie

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3 - 4L
    • Made of: X-Pac
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    The Super Wedgie from Oveja Negra was one of the first non-custom wedge style frame bags to hit the market. Its shape is designed to leave room for a large bottle to be mounted on the seat tube, filling the front area of the main triangle with valuable storage space. It has zippered pockets on both sides of the bag, is made of X-Pac VX21/VX42 fabrics with cordura along the tubing, and comes in two sizes. Check out our review here.

    • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
    • Oveja Negra Super Wedgie Frame Bag
    • Weight: 198 grams (7 oz)
    • Price: $95 (Small)
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
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  • $79
    Revelate Designs Hopper

    Revelate Designs Hopper

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 4L
    • Made of: X-Pac
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    Hopper is a wedge-style frame bag designed to fit almost any bike, including full-suspension frames with a vertically mounted shock, or, as shown, a lower-link shock. The unique feature on the Hopper is its flip-top opening with a magnetic closure. The bag has three fixed velcro straps on the top and two movable one-wrap velcro straps on the bottom. Check out our full review here.

    • Revelate Hopper Frame Bag
    • Revelate Hopper Frame Bag
    • Weight: 175 grams (6.2 oz)
    • Price: $79
    • Place of Manufacture: Oregon, USA
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  • $90
    Revelate Tangle Frame Bag

    Revelate Tangle Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3 - 6L
    • Made of: X-Pac
    • Made in: USA

    The one that started it all! The Revelate Designs Tangle Frame Bag is the original half frame bag. The design has been tweaked and perfected over the years into a very impressive bag that is ready for pretty much any kind of adventure. It features an X-Pac construction, Revelate’s Zipstretch stretch panels around the zipper, hydration / electronics port, an adjustable strap at the top corner of the bag, and it’s made in the USA with domestic and imported materials. It comes in four different sizes, including an extra-small option for those riding small frames.

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    • Revelate Tangle
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    Neil’s Thoughts: The Tangle was the original half-frame bag as we know them today. Because of that, it’s a very well designed and popular bag. The Tangle has seen a handful of improvements over the years which have made this bag a winner. The highlight is the #10 molded tooth zippers with their Zipstrech construction on both sides of the bag, which makes things much easier when opening and closing the bag, particularly when stuffed to the gills. This tech also helps reduce zipper fatigue. The bag comes with some neat low profile cam buckles, one wrap straps and daisy chain webbing throughout for a nice snug fit. Overall, the Tangle has everything you would need in a half-frame bag, it’s durable, sturdy and comes in a variety of sizes.

    • Weight: 249 grams (8.8 oz)
    • Price: $90 (Medium)
    • Place of Manufacture: USA
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  • $90
    Road Runner Wedge Half Frame Bag

    Road Runner Wedge Half Frame Bag

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.5L
    • Fabric: Cordura
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    The Road Runner Wedge Half Frame Bag is small, but extremely versatile due to its angular shape and adjustable lower straps. It is designed to leave room for two bottle on larger frames and one on small frames, and is big enough to hold a 1L bladder, tools, flat kit, or an extra layer.

    • road runner wedge frame bag
    • road runner wedge frame bag

    Neil’s Thoughts: One of my go-to bags for days rides has been the Wedge Half Frame Bag. Oftentimes with half-frame bags, you run into clearance issues when fitting two bottles below the bag, The wedge aliveats that. This particular bag has seen a lot of use this winter, while the 2.5L bag might be a little small for my bikepacking needs, it’s great to have for my day rides where I store my tools, food, layers and phone. The one-size-fits-all cordura bag, fits nearly all of my bikes well, with a variety of daisy chains to provide the perfect fit. The large drive size zipper accesses a roomy upside down triangle like shape, which did take some practice in packing properly. The non-drive side has another large but shorter zipper that accesses the same size shape, but just in a slip pocket configuration. This pocket is great for small flat items like a wallet, phone, multi-tool and chain lube. Overall, the Road Runner Wedge has been a very noteworthy accessory to many of my winter rides.

    • Weight: 170 grams (6 oz)
    • Price: $90
    • Place of Manufacture: California, USA
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  • $135
    Road Runner Wedge Mountain Bike Full Frame Bag

    Road Runner Wedge Mountain Bike Full Frame Bag

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 4L
    • Fabric: Cordura
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    Designed and manufactured in California, USA the Wedge Mountain Bike Full Frame Bag by Road Runner Bags is designed to work with the majority of rigid and hardtail mountain bike frames, while leaving room for a bottle on the seat tube on medium and large frames. The bag is constructed from burly 1000D Cordura with a nylon liner, a YKK water-resistant zipper, and daisy chain webbing along the bottom panel for different strap positions. There is a water bladder hose port, as well as a durable nylon panel to protect the bag from crank rub and protective sleeves on the main top tube straps. There is a single main pocket plus a zippered sleeve pocket on the non drive side. The Wedge Mountain Bike Full Frame Bag is offered in several different colours, and one size that provides up to 4L of storage.

    • Road Runner Wedge Mountain Frame Bag
    • Road Runner Wedge Mountain Frame Bag
    • Road Runner Wedge Mountain Frame Bag

    Miles’ Thoughts: I’ve put a lot of time in with the Road Runner Wedge Mountain Bike Full Frame Bag, and it’s really turned me onto the idea of a high capacity wedge bag. It’s generously sized, which works well for larger frame sizes, and at 3″ wide it can hold a ton of stuff. On most large or XL mountain bike frames, it should leave enough room for a standard bottle or a Nalgene, which is great for day rides and bikepacking trips. It also has that classic Road Runner look that I appreciate, and the durable nylon frame protection flaps and crank panel are nice touches.

    • Weight: 340 grams (12 oz)
    • Price: $135
    • Place of Manufacture: California, USA
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  • $55.95
    Topeak Midloader

    Topeak Midloader

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3.5 - 6L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made In: China
    • Custom Options: No

    The Topeak Midloader is a simple half frame bag that’s offered in three different sizes with a non-adjustable designed with fixed attachment points. It’s constructed with highly water resistant polyethylene and lightweight nylon, is offered in green or black, and has zippers on both sides of the bag for easy access.

    • Topeak Midloader
    • Topeak Midloader
    • Weight: 169 grams (6 oz)
    • Price: $55.95 (Midloader 3L)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • £50
    Aiguille Frame Bag

    Aiguille Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: TBD
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made in: UK
    • Custom Options: Yes

    The Aiguille Frame Bag shares many of the same features as their Frame Wedge, made from a durable 1000D Nylon, heavy duty zips, and daisy chain attachment points. The Frame Bag has a electronics port, comes in two sizes, a variety of colours, and can be custom made for the perfect fit.

    • Price: £50
    • Place of Manufacture: Cumbria, UK
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  • £55
    Aiguille Frame Wedge

    Aiguille Frame Wedge

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 4 - 5L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made in: UK
    • Custom Options: Yes

    The Frame Wedge by Aiguille Alpine Equipment fills any triangular shaped hole in your main triangle with customizable strap locations thanks to the full daisy chain attachment wrap. It is made from burly 1000D nylon, has a cable port for electronics, and is supplied with Velcro one wrap. It is offered in eight different colours and two sizes; long and short.

    • Price: £55
    • Place of Manufacture: Cumbria, UK
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  • $140
    Alpine Luddites Cluster 1/2 Frame Bag

    Alpine Luddites Cluster 1/2 Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 5 - 8L
    • Made of: X-pac / Cordura
    • Made in: USA
    • Custom Options: Yes

    The Alpine Luddites Cluster 1/2 Frame Bag is described as being “Perfect for long day rides, gravel racing, multi-day tours, fat bikes, and Brevets. Allows you to carry food, tools, extra layer and still use standard water bottle cages.” It’s constructed from X-Pac, a #10 YKK waterproof zipper, and is available in four stock sizes as well as custom for those that want the perfect fit.

    • Weight: 160 grams (5.6 oz)
    • Price: $140
    • Place of Manufacture: Vermont, USA
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  • £39.99
    Alpkit Analoko

    Alpkit Analoko

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.5 - 6L
    • Made of: TPU Nylon
    • Made in: China
    • Custom Options: Yes

    The Alpkit Analoko is a 100% waterproof half frame bag with with a seam welded construction, featuring a large main compartment and small accessory pocket. There is a front facing storm flap for routing bladder hoses or electronics, adjustable straps, and a removable protective base inside the bag. Alpkit also offers a couple non-waterproof bags and a custom option for those looking for the perfect fit.

    • Weight: 220 grams (7.8 oz)
    • Price: £39.99 (Size 48)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $126
    Apidura Expedition Frame Pack

    Apidura Expedition Frame Pack

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3 - 6.5L
    • Made of: NYLON / TPU
    • Made in: China
    • Custom Options: No

    Apidura’s Expedition Frame Pack line consists of three different sizes from 3L to 5.3L, as well as two additional “tall” 5L and 6.5L options for even greater capacity. All sizes feature a seam welded construction that is durable and 100% waterproof, as well as an electronics port for charging devices on the go. Prices range from $121 to $132 USD, depending on the model.

    • Weight: 170 grams (6 oz)
    • Price: $126 (Compact 5.6L)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $130CAD
    Arkel Frame Bag

    Arkel Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.5 - 5L
    • Made Of: Nylon
    • Made In: Canada
    • Custom Options: No

    Arkel’s frame bags are 100% waterproof, made in Canada, and come in three different sizes ranging from 2.5L to 5L of storage. They rely on three cam lock straps, instead of velcro, which they say interferes less with top tubs bags while keeping the bag tensioned for proper zipper function. Arkel also offers printable templates so you can ensue you’re ordering the right size.

    • Weight: 160 grams (5.6 oz)
    • Price: $130CAD (Small (2.5L)
    • Place of Manufacture: Quebec, Canada
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  • $178CAD
    Atwater Frame Wedge

    Atwater Frame Wedge

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: TBD
    • Made of: Cordura / X-Pac
    • Made In: Canada
    • Custom Options: No

    Made by Atwater in Montréal, the Frame Wedge comes in two sizes (S/M and M/L) and is made from a cordura exterior with a polyester liner. For an additional $26 you can also have a white X-Pac liner added for better protection against the elements. There are pockets on both sides of the bag, the velcro straps are fixed in place, and the shape is optimized for road frame geometry.

    • Weight: 325 grams (11.5 oz)
    • Price: $178CAD (Small)
    • Place of Manufacture: Quebec, Canada
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  • $140CAD
    Atwater Half Frame Bag

    Atwater Half Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: TBD
    • Made of: Cordura
    • Made In: Canada
    • Custom Options: No

    Handmade in Quebec, Canada, the Atwater Half Frame Bag is a simple, single zippered frame bag that’s offered in three sizes (S, M, L) and features fixed straps and a bright internal liner. You can add an optional white X-Pac liner for $26.

    • Price: $140CAD (medium)
    • Place of Manufacture: Quebec, Canada
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  • $67
    Bedrock Bags EDC Micro Frame Bag

    Bedrock Bags EDC Micro Frame Bag

    • Type: Tiny Wedge Bag
    • Volume: 0.5L
    • Made Of: X-Pac / Cordura
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: Yes

    The Bedrock EDC Micro Frame Bag is a pint-sized wedge-style frame bag designed to fit nearly any mountain bike out there. It’s a tiny bag meant for everyday rides, perfect for daily ride essentials, and has adjustable velcro straps to dial in the fit. The EDC Micro Frame Bag comes in two sizes, a large selection of different colours, and is handmade in Colorado, USA.

    • Weight: 69 grams (2.4 oz)
    • Price: $67
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
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  • $70
    Blackburn Outpost Frame Bag

    Blackburn Outpost Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2 - 3.5L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made In: China
    • Custom Options: No

    The Blackburn Outpost Frame Bag is an expandable bag that can be used as a half frame bag or full frame bag when you need the extra space. It’s offered in three different sizes (small, medium, and large) and can carry between 2 and 7L, depending on the size.

    • Weight: 408 grams (14.4 oz)
    • Price: $70 (Large)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $80
    Bontrager Adventure Frame Bag

    Bontrager Adventure Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2 - 3L
    • Made of: X-Pac
    • Made In: China
    • Custom Options: No

    Bontrager’s Adventure Frame Bag comes in three different sizes, appears to be made from a black X-Pac fabric with high-vis interior and has several rubber coated straps (3 of which are removable). It features a single zippered main pocket, and one smaller compartment pocket on the non-drive side, as well as internal compartmentalized pockets for organization.

    • Price: $80 (Small)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $110
    Brooks Scape Frame Bag

    Brooks Scape Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made in: China
    • Custom Options: No

    The Brooks Scape Frame Bag is designed to fit most “standard-sized” frames. Like other bags in the Scape lineup, it’s made with welded PU-coated nylon and is 100% waterproof, according to Brooks. The bag features two full-length zips and is made for bikepacking, gravel, and day rides.

    • Weight: 200 grams (7.1 oz)
    • Price: $110
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $110
    BXB Betterhalf Framebag

    BXB Betterhalf Framebag

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.5 - 3.75L
    • Made of: X-Pac / Cordura
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    Handmade in small batches in Atlanta, Georgia. The Betterhalf Framebag by BXB is a unique take on the wedge style frame bag, designed specifically for classic road and gravel bikes. The Better Half features two expandable compartments to stow away layers and food which are accessed via flip-top lids with magnetic buckles. As with most of BXB’s products, the Betterhalf Framebag is made in small batches and availability is scarce—keep an eye on their instagram page to learn more.

    • Weight: 238 grams (8.4 oz)
    • Price: $110 (Small)
    • Place of Manufacture: Georgia, USA
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  • $49.99
    Ellum Bag Works Carryout Frame Pack

    Ellum Bag Works Carryout Frame Pack

    • Type: Frame Pack
    • Volume: 1.8L
    • Made Of: Cordura
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    The Carryout Frame Pack from Ellum Bag Works in Dallas, Texas isn’t really a half frame bag or wedge bag, but rather a simple frame mounted pack for the essentials, a few fizzy drinks, or trail snacks. It’s constructed from cordura, a water resistant YKK zipper, and has internal padding where it makes contact with the bike frame. The bags are made to order and come in a wide range of different colours.

    • Price: $49.99
    • Place of Manufacture: Texas, USA
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  • $46
    Fairweather Corner Bag

    Fairweather Corner Bag

    • Type: Tiny Wedge Bag
    • Volume: 1.7L
    • Made of: X-Pac / Nylon
    • Made In: Japan
    • Custom Options: No

    The Fairweather Corner Bag is a tiny wedge bag that’s designed to fit all frame shapes and sizes. Several different straps allow the bag to be wedged into the front of rear of the main triangle. The main pocket zipper is on the right side of the bag, and there is a sleeve pocket on the left. The Corner Bag comes in a variety of different colours, in X-Pac Cordura, and Ballistic Nylon construction.

    • Weight: 109 grams (3.8 oz)
    • Price: $46 (X-Pac )
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $75
    Fairweather Frame Bag

    Fairweather Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3.5L
    • Made of: X-Pac / Cordura
    • Made in: Japan
    • Custom Options: No

    The Fairweather Frame Bag is another take on the classic half frame bag, available in both Cordura and X-pac version and a variety of different colours. It has six fixed velcro straps, a waterproof construction, two zippered openings, and is designed to fit 46-56cm frames.

    • Price: $75
    • Place of Manufacture: Japan
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  • $45
    Green Guru Upshift Frame Bag

    Green Guru Upshift Frame Bag

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.7L
    • Made of: Upcycled Nylon
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    Made from upcycled fabric, the Green Guru Upshift Frame Bag is a simple wedge frame bag with five fixed velcro straps, a single zippered closure, and 2.7L of storage. For something a little smaller, check out their Gripster Frame Bag for a whopping 1.3L of storage.

    • Weight: 113 grams (4 oz)
    • Price: $45
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
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  • €97
    Helmet Equipment Cavalier Early Road

    Helmet Equipment Cavalier Early Road

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.7 - 4.5L
    • Made of: Acrylic / X-Pac
    • Made in: France
    • Custom Options: No

    Handmade in France, Helmet Equipment offers two versions of their Cavalier Early Road half frame bag; an acrylic model and an X-Pac one. Both come in three different sizes, ranging from 2.7L to 4.5L in size, and use five fixed straps to secure onto your frame. It has two interior compartments, uses a waterproof zipper, and we’ve heard from our readers that it has proven to be quite durable.

    • Price: €97
    • Place of Manufacture: Chambéry, France
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  • $40
    Jack Supply Co. The Flip Side

    Jack Supply Co. The Flip Side

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2L
    • Made of: X-pac / Cordura
    • Made in: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    The Flip Side from Jack Supply Co. is a simple bag for carrying the essentials on day rides or while commuting. It is designed to be flipped around to suit a variety of different frames, complete with daisy chain and adjustable straps to dial in the fit. It has a single compartment, comes in one size, and is currently offered in X-pac, Corudra, or Cotton X-pac.

    • Weight: 120 grams (4.2 oz)
    • Price: $40
    • Place of Manufacture: Oregon, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $45.95
    Jandd Frame Pack

    Jandd Frame Pack

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3L
    • Fabric: Cordura
    • Made In: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    Jandd has been making high quality bicycle and mountaineering gear since 1983. While all of their gear has a timeless, classic look, their line of Frame Packs are particularly popular due to their affordable price and burly construction. They currently have three different styles and many colors to choose from, including two universal fit options that can be positioned in several different orientations using their 6-point attachment system.

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    • Weight: 173 grams (6.1 oz)
    • Price: $45.95 (Frame Pack - Standard)
    • Place of Manufacture: California, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • €105
    Miss Grape Internode

    Miss Grape Internode

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3 - 5.5L
    • Made Of: Polyester / Nylon
    • Made In: Italy
    • Custom Options: No

    Handmade in Italy, the Miss Grape Internode comes in three different sizes, ranging from 3L to 5.5L of storage. They are made from a mix of polyester and nylon with a water-repellent polyurethane coating and PVC coated phthalate-free nylon fabric. Miss Grape provides all necessary measurements to find the perfect fit for your frame.

    • Weight: 184 grams (6.5 oz)
    • Price: €105 (Internode 40.6)
    • Place of Manufacture: Rovigo, Italy
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $89
    Nittany Mountain Works Fastpack 1/2 Frame Bag

    Nittany Mountain Works Fastpack 1/2 Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: TBD
    • Made of: X-Pac
    • Made in: USA
    • Custom Options: No

    Made by Nittany Mountain Works in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, the Fastpack 1/2 Frame Bag is a classic half frame bag that comes in three different sizes, which should fit a wide range of different frames. The outside of the bag is finished with daisy chain webbing, allowing for completely customized straps, and the interior is made of a 400D packcloth liner. There is a hydration / electronics port, a slim map pocket on the non drive side, elasticized pump retention straps, and an interior organization sleeve in the main pocket. The Fastpack 1/2 Frame Bag is offered in a variety of different colours, and Nittany provides all necessary fitment measurements on their website.

    For something a little smaller and paired down, check out the Nittany Fastpack Lite Frame Bag.

    • Price: $89
    • Place of Manufacture: Pennsylvania, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $150
    Ortlieb Frame-Pack RC Toptube

    Ortlieb Frame-Pack RC Toptube

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 4L
    • Made of: PU Coated Cordura
    • Made in: Germany
    • Custom Options: No

    Part of Ortlieb’s line of waterproof bikepacking bags, the Frame-Pack RC Toptube bag takes the popular roll-top design we first saw perfected by Porcelain Rocket with their 52Hz frame bags and introduces it to their frame bags. Their slim roll-top closure is secured with three silicone rings, the velcro straps are individually interchangeable, and they are available in a full frame bag version in 4L or 6L and a smaller half frame bag option that provides 4L of storage.

    • Weight: 200 grams (7.1 oz)
    • Price: $150
    • Place of Manufacture: Germany
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $150
    Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube

    Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 4L
    • Made of: PU Coated Cordura
    • Made in: Germany
    • Custom Options: No

    The Frame-Pack Toptube is a 100% waterproof half frame bag that shares a similar design to Ortlieb’s roll-top version, but uses a burly waterproof zipper instead. It’s made from. PU-coated Cordura, has several adjustable straps, and a reflective logo for a touch of added visibility. It’s offered in one size, and Ortlieb offers a printable template to make sure it’ll fit your bike.

    • Weight: 170 grams (6 oz)
    • Price: $150
    • Place of Manufacture: Germany
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  • $65
    PratsPacks Frame Bag

    PratsPacks Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 4L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made in: Ukraine
    • Custom Options: No

    Handmade in Ukraine, the PratsPacks Frame Bag is a half frame bag with six fixed attachment points, a single main compartment with a small interior sleeve, and three different sizes to choose from. Although there isn’t a lot of info on PratsPacks, you can check them out on Instagram to see more and their product line is currently sold through their Etsy store.

    • Weight: 280 grams (9.9 oz)
    • Price: $65 (medium)
    • Place of Manufacture: Lviv, Ukraine
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $105
    Pro Discover Frame Bag

    Pro Discover Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.7 - 5.5L
    • Made of: Polyester / Nylon
    • Made in: China
    • Custom Options: No

    Part of the new Pro Discover line of bike bags, the Discover Frame Bag is a simple half frame bag that comes two sizes (regular and small), features a waterproof construction, and uses just three straps to hold it in place. The main storage compartment is divided into two sections with an internal divider and there are reflective details for nighttime visibility.

    Neil’s Thoughts: This 5.5L bag is large, almost too big for my 56cm cutthroat, but it does fit nicely in my 56cm Warbird frame. Like most of these bags, it comes with two zippers and compartments, one large driver side compartment and a small slip pocket compartment on the non-drive side. The large compartment comes with a velcro divide to separate your belongings and to keep the bag from bulging too wide. The bag only comes with three connection points, one strap around the seat tube and two straps around the top tube which makes this bag a little less secure versus some other options in this index.

    • Weight: 209 grams (7.4 oz)
    • Price: $105 (Regular)
    • Place of Manufacture: China
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $48
    RAL EM Loader

    RAL EM Loader

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.2L
    • Made of: Cordura
    • Made in: USA

    Handmade in California, the RAL EM Loader can be positioned in two different positions with your frame’s main triangle. It has three fixed and two removable straps, an internal pump loop, one main pocket and one slim side pocket, and is made from a durable Cordura fabric. It’s offered in a bunch of fun colours, and one 2.2L size. For those in the USA, check out Sim.Works to purchase.

    • Price: $48
    • Place of Manufacture: California, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $94.49
    Restrap Frame Bag

    Restrap Frame Bag

    • Type: Wedge / Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2.5 - 4.5L
    • Made of: Nylon / VX21
    • Made In: UK
    • Custom Options: No

    Made in the UK, Restrap’s Frame Bags come in three different sizes, ranging from a small 2.5L wedge to a large 4.5L half frame bag. They are made using YKK zippers, textured nylon outer and VX21 fabrics, and rubberized fixed straps. There are interior mesh pockets to help keep things organized and a cable slot for dynamo / electronics cable routing. Restrap also makes a Race Frame Bag that is lightweight, has reflective detailing, and provides 4L of storage.

    • Weight: 220 grams (7.8 oz)
    • Price: $94.49 (Medium)
    • Place of Manufacture: Yorkshire, UK
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $89
    Salsa EXP Series Half Fame Pack

    Salsa EXP Series Half Fame Pack

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 1.8 - 4.4L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made in: China
    • Custom Options: No

    The Sals EXP Series Half Frame Pack features the same tough construction as the rest of the EXP Series, made from a durable 500D Nylon with a TPU lamination and PU coating. While the bag is made from waterproof fabrics, the construction is water-resistant, which in our experience can keep contents dry in all but the most furious of storms. The bag has two zippered compartments, a daisy chain and removable straps, and an elastic on top for easy access items you might need on the go. The Salsa EXP Series Half Fame Pack comes in five sizes, and Salsa has a sizing chart on their website for their bikes.

    • Price: $89
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $45
    Serfas Ark Expandable Half-Frame Bag

    Serfas Ark Expandable Half-Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3-5L
    • Made of: Nylon
    • Made in: China
    • Custom Options: No

    Using a similar expandable design to Blackburn’s Outpost Bags, the Serfas Ark Expandable Half-Frame Bag comes in a single size with adjustable straps to help fit different frames. When expanded, the bag can carry up to 5L of gear, while offering a water resistant construction and bladder port for those stowing a water bladder in the bag.

    • Price: $45
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • $78
    Six Rolling Wheels Cartographer Half-Frame Bag

    Six Rolling Wheels Cartographer Half-Frame Bag

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 1.9L
    • Made of: Cordura / X-Pac
    • Made in: Singapore

    Construced from Cordura / X-Pac fabrics imported from the US, the Six Rolling Wheels Cartographer Half-Frame Bag is a versatile wedge-shaped bag with adjustable downtube straps that can mounted in the front or rear of the main triangle. There are zippers on both sides of the bag, comes in a variety of colours, and is handmade in Singapore!

    • Price: $78
    • Place of Manufacture: Singapore
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  • $120
    Stealth F30S / F50S Frame Bags

    Stealth F30S / F50S Frame Bags

    • Type: Wedge Frame Bag
    • Volume: 2 - 2.4L
    • Made of: Cordura
    • Made In: New Zealand
    • Custom Options: Yes

    Although Stealth Bike Bags specializes in custom frame bags, their line of stock wedge-shaped frame bags are designed both mountain bikes and gravel bikes with a nearly universal fit and design. The F30S is the mountain bike version and the F50S is better suited for road and gravel bikes with a more horizontal top tube. Both are made from cordura, have removable and customizable straps, and are handmade in New Zealand. Read our original press release here.

    • Weight: 130 grams (4.6 oz)
    • Price: $120
    • Place of Manufacture: Wellington, New Zealand
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • $150AUD
    TreadLite Half Frame Bag

    TreadLite Half Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3.8 - 4.9L
    • Made Of: Cordura / X-Pac
    • Made In: South Australia
    • Custom Options: Yes

    Owned and operated by Scott and Mary Hawn in Adelaide South Australia, TreadLite Bike Bags has a growing line of bags that are available in stock sizes and colours, but are all customizable as well. Their half frame bag comes in three different sizes, but can be custom built to fit oddly shaped frames or to work around other bags and straps. They are made with waterproof fabrics, zippers, and are seam sealed for even more water resistance. TreadLite has a huge assortment of the different colours to choose from, in both Cordura and X-Pac, and even the logo and zipper pull can be customized to your liking.

    • Price: $150AUD
    • Place of Manufacture: Adelaide, South Australia
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • £105
    Wildcat Ocelot Frame Bag

    Wildcat Ocelot Frame Bag

    • Type: Half Frame Bag
    • Volume: 3 - 6.5L
    • Made of: LiteSkin21 / Nylon
    • Made In: Scotland
    • Custom Options: No

    The Wildcat Ocelot Frame Bag is a universal partial frame bag modelled after their original Clouded Leopard frame bags. The design is based on careful optimisation of a wide range of frame sizes and geometries from different manufacturers, which offers the user excellent flexibility of using the same bag between bikes of similar sizes. It uses an elastic retention system along the top tube, LiteSkin21 and ballistic nylon fabrics, and has an electronics / hydration port and a waterproof YKK zipper.

    Wildcat also offers a paired down version of the Ocelot Frame Bag, called the Ocelot-R Frame Bag with a narrower design to suit road and gravel bikes and a single zippered access.

    • Weight: 196 grams (6.9 oz)
    • Price: £105 (Medium)
    • Place of Manufacture: Falkirk, Scotland
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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To compliment this Gear Index, in our latest video, Neil dives into the world of half frame bags and wedges. He talks about the benefits these bags offer, some packing ideas for day rides and bikepacking trips, and shares his thoughts on six different bags he’s tested over the years.

When to go custom & final thoughts

There are enough standard options available that going custom for a half frame bag doesn’t need to be your first choice. That said, certain frame geometries and sizes don’t always work well with stock options, and most non-custom bags won’t take advantage of any bosses your frame has for a clean bolt-on setup. Plus, there’s the benefit of being able to choose your own colours and features, which can be a fun process. There are countless talented bag makers who specialize in custom bags and we weren’t able to include in this list, but going fully custom is a great option if dialing in the perfect fit and matching the personality of your bike are important for you.

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Miles: I’m a huge fan of running a half frame bag on gravel bikes with nearly horizontal top tubes, where I’m able to fit two large bottles underneath it in the main triangle. With a setup like that, I can often leave my feedbags at home, keep the front of my bike lighter, and still access the bottles while on the move. I’ve also been experimenting with wedge-shaped bags recently on mountain bikes, which allow me to mount a large bottle or Nalgene on the seat tube—keeping the weight right above my bottom bracket, where it belongs. Pro tip for taller riders: try out a friend’s extra-small full frame bag as a wedge bag, it often works great!

Logan: I’m fortunate to have Rockgeist, a local bag maker, create custom solutions for many of the bikes I review. Even with options to choose from, most of the time I choose a simple wedge style partial frame bag for hardtails and gravel bikes. The main reason is that wedges allow me to get the best use out of the frame triangle for day rides. With a bottle mounted to the seat tube, it’s always accessible, and the wedge is perfect for storing layers and snacks. And with a custom-made wedge, it maximizes the triangle space, which is great for bikepacking, too.

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