Firstgear Torrent Duffle Bag
25 day trip to Alaska with rain and some hail and this worked perfectly. Well designed top-loading style is far better that end loading bags for ease of access.
July 21, 2014
Just exactly what it is supposed to.
This bag is large enough for a weeks worth of clothes, weather proof, opens from the top and easy on easy off with simple straps.
July 14, 2014
Great bag but has some flaws
So I was actually able to compare the 40L Torrent with The Wolfman medium dry duffle at a local store before I bought it. I bought the First Gear Torrent because it was cheaper and you kind of get what you pay for. But let me just talk about the Torrent first. It is a great bag, its good for its intended purpose and keep your stuff nice and clean. There are a lot of D rings to attach it to your bike. I wish there was a D ring on each ends because my ZR7 has luggage tie down on the side of the bike that could utilize something like that. It comes with 4 double D ring straps to secure it to your bike. It works good but its somewhat of a pain to get it off of the bike. There are 4 D rings on the bottom that I used to secure it to my rack, but the D rings are smaller so you can't use certain straps to strap it down. I have found the best way to secure it is simply with bungee cords. 3 bungee cords around it. Its easy to get into you just undo the bungee cords. The side clasps don't work very well. You roll the top a couple time to seal the bag but they're not really tight enough on the sides. You can't really pack stuff above the round parts of the bag also, its really designed to just stop where the round parts are, you can't really go up too much. I took this on a dual sport trip and it did great. I notice if you put something hard in it, it sticks out from underneath (it was an airbed pump) and I was afraid it was gonna rip, but it didn't. I had it packed to max capacity. I was able to strap my windscreen to the top of it with a bungee net too, worked great when I was getting to the rough stuff. Now to compare to the Wolfman medium dry duffle. The Wolfman's material is MUCH thicker. The Torrent is made out of like a raincoat material, which is ok but the Wolfman looks like its made to take a beating. The Wolfman also rolls up much more, so you can put more stuff and I think overall the medium Wolfman is larger. The Wolfman comes with nylon straps that has quick connect clamps. Its faster to strap it up. The Torrent is great if the size works for you because you can't really put much more in it. I definitely don't think it will outlast the Wolfman but don't quote me on that.
July 14, 2014
Great product at a great price
I used this bag on a motorcycle trip along the US east coast. It endured high heat and intense sun from the Keys in Florida and heavy rain in the mountains of PA. My stuff always remained dry inside the bag. The bag fits well on my kawa Z750. One feature I particularly like is the fact that once installed you can still open the bag to reach for your stuff. Plus, as I read in a review prior to buying, it does make a good carry-on when traveling by airplane. I recommend getting a net to better secure the bag on the bike.
June 16, 2014
Built like a tank
Haven't used it on a trip yet (that'll be in late June), but my initial assessment is that this thing is very well built. It's very sturdy and the buckles are solid and it holds a ton of gear.
June 2, 2014
Awesome bag, terrible tie-downs
The bag is amazing, durable, great-looking, sturdy and strong! It kept everything dry on a 2,000 mile cross-country ride. The genius engineers decided to use straps to secure it to a motorcycle which is totally wrong. The straps damaged my paint and didn't secure the bag. I highly recommend the bag but manufacturer needs to replace straps with elastic bungie cords; this would perfect it.
June 2, 2014
Excellent quality and utility.
Wide mouth allows easy packing and easy to strap onto the motorcycle.
May 5, 2014
it looks like a small bag but it fits a lot. I had a pillow an a sleeping bag an still had room on top to put more. this is a great buy. an by the look of it tis waterproof for sure.
April 7, 2014