Posted by Miles Arbour
We already published a first look at PEdALED’s foray into the bikepacking bag business last year, partnering with Italian bag maker Miss Grape. We even gave away a complete set to a lucky Bikepacking Collective member. However, they just announced a complete update for 2019, and it looks like they’ve traded in the waterproof denim for a lightweight X-Pac in an eye catching red colour way that ties in with their new Odyssey Apparel Collection. The new Odyssey collection consists of the same options as their previous offerings: a seat bag, half frame bag, top tube bag, and handlebar roll, but has updated the designs slightly by the looks of it. All of the bags offer a water-resistant design and reflective details, and as mentioned above, are made from a lightweight X-Pac fabric.
The Odyssey Cluster is seat bag designed to offer enough capacity for longer expeditions and the ability to compress down for lightweight adventures. The bottom portion of the bag is reinforced with a double layer of X-Pac for added durability, and anti-slip coated velcro straps secure around the seat post to keep everything in place. PEdALED claims all straps are safe to use on carbon posts and saddles. The Cluster is priced at 165€ (~$185 USD).
The Internode is velcro-fitted half frame bag, designed to fit most frames out there, including mountain and gravel bikes. The adjustable velcro straps can be positioned to suit different setups, and will secure properly around a wide variety of tube shapes and sizes. The front of the bag is padded to protect its contents and a small porthole can be used to run battery cables or a water bladder hose. The Internode frame bag is priced at 125€ (~$140 USD).
The Odyssey Node is a top tube bag that can be attached to your stem for quick access items up front or on the seat post. Its velcro straps, like those on the Internode frame bag, are adjustable to work with different setups, and non-slip fabrics ensure the Node stays in place. The main compartment is accessed via a single zip, and two exterior mesh pockets provide some extra space for snacks or wrappers. The Node is priced at 75€ (~$83 USD).
The Tendril is a versatile, lightweight handlebar bag that can be used with both drop bars and flat mountain bike bars. Rubber spacers create about 2cm of clearance from the bars, maintaining room for cables and unhindered hand positioning. The handlebar bag uses two roll-top closures on each side, allowing the overall width of the bag to be adjusted to fit different bars. Two exterior straps on the front the bag allow for the addition of a secondary pocket or to lash down extra gear like tent poles or a sleeping pad. The Odyssey Tendril is priced at 138€ (~$154 USD).
Overall, the updated Odyssey collection looks to be a solid line of bikepacking bags. Although the denim fabric they’d previously used was unique, the updated X-Pac options are likely a bit more appropriate for bikepacking, especially self-supported endurance events where weight matters.
All of the bags are currently available on PEdALED.com.