Posted by Miles Arbour
Porcelain Rocket’s Nigel handlebar bag was originally released back in March of 2018, inspired by the design of their Horton handlebar pocket to offer quick access to small items like snacks, extra layers, or a camera. Logan was quick to get his hands on Nigel and put together a first impression article, which you can check out here. Today, Porcelain Rocket announced a complete redesign of their handlebar bag, offering the same great features of the original Nigel but in a sleeker and simpler package. If you’re in the market for some extra storage for long gravel rides or lightweight overnighters, the new Nigel may just be for you.
So, what’s changed? First off, Nigel has been downsized from a 6L capacity to 4.5L to fit a wider range of bikes and handlebars, yet it still offers more storage than most burrito-style bags out there. It maintains the same wide opening and one-handed bungee closure, plus Porcelain Rocket’s trademark full seam-welded construction provides the best weather protection we’ve seen.
The new design uses Voilé Nano main straps, a semi-rigid back plate, and a removable EVA foam “bed liner” in the base (which maintains the shape of the bag when it’s only partly loaded and pads its contents), making it extra sturdy. Plus, die-cut foam spacers are included to create space for cables, hoses, and hand positions. The price has also been reduced from $160 to $150 CAD (~$115 USD), another pleasant surprise.
- Finish PU-coated 420D “LightBlack”
- Volume 4.5L max
- Weight 250g
- Place of Manufacture Alberta, Canada
- Price $150 CAD (~$115 USD)
Overall, the new Nigel looks to be an improvement on the original design. Stay tuned for a more detailed look as we hope to get our hands on one soon.
To purchase yours, head over to Porcelain Rocket’s website. Act fast, because their products sell out quickly!