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Think hard before you buy
I did quite a bit of research and looking around before I bought this tankbag. Held is a great company - I'm a fan of their gloves, and this bag gets generally good reviews. However, it kept sliding around on my Sprint GT's tank. I wanted to like it, but it just wouldn't stay put with even what (to me) seemed like a smallish load. I had a pair of gloves, spare fleece, map, cell phone, wallet, and small notebook during my second ride. That was enough to cause this bag to slide forward into the dash, or off the side of the tank. Consider the shape of your tank and what you'll pack before you buy.
Also, unlike the Cortech and Firstgear bags, this one is NOT lined with fleece. The zippers are also not YKK. That being said, it's a sturdy bag that looks good and should hold up well. Just know what you're getting. The map window is among the bigger ones available, and is super nice (this was big selling point to me). I wasn't able to tell from the description, but this bag also has a safety strap that goes around your triple-tree to keep the bag in place. The waterproof liner looks solid, though I haven't tested it.
Overall, I'm underwhelmed. For $100, I expected a bag that would handle a full load and stay in place. This one didn't. Lest there be any doubt, I was testing the bag at very legal speeds (in town) and not taking any crazy corners. The bag simply kept sliding around - even at 30mph in a straight line. Again, this may be due to the shape of my tank, or the amount of stuff I had in the tankbag, but I would recommend thinking hard before you drop the hammer on this bag.
April 23, 2013
Big Map Pocket and Storage
I needed a larger size tank bag for my FJR ( I wouldn't go any bigger) with a LARGE multi-use map pocket. The magnets work well in securing everything. I attached longer pulls on some of the zippers for ease on use with winter gloves. Held has a good reputation and overall everything is well made. A good value for the price.
January 30, 2012
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