Wolfman Rocky Mountain Saddlebags
In the past I have only used hard bags, but I am definitely on the soft bag train now! Wolfman has done a great job with the Rocky Mountain setup... I have a BMW F800GS with the Touratech pannier racks installed and these bags installed flawlessly. Very intuitive, I didn't even need the instructions! I like the fact that there are internal stiffeners in the bags, as they stay semi-rigid even when completely empty. They are constructed very well, and I can see that in conjunction with the supplied dry bag liners my goodies will always stay dry. The only complaint I have is very minor, and the reason I only gave the bags a 3 for durability: all of the big D-rings and most of the mounting hardware are plastic... now I realize that it is top quality high-impact plastic and will probably last a very long time without breaking, but it would be more reassuring to see some aircraft aluminum in these areas. Everything else about these bags seems bullet proof and well thought out, and they certainly aren't easy on the wallet, so why on earth is there so much plastic? Hopefully Wolfman knows what they're doing...
March 31, 2014
Quality of Bags Look Great
The bags look great. I am looking forward to using them as soon as the massive piles of snow melt.
The bags appear to be durable and well made. After a couple of years of steady use I will be able to provide better feedback.
The shipping from Revzilla was very fast and the packaging was secure!
March 8, 2014
Product is fanastic
very well made, easily installed on any bike, fit and finish are great now all my buddies want a set!!
February 24, 2014
this is a very good, and well designed soft bag for adventure riding with a few exceptions
We are very pleased with the Rocky Mountain Saddlebags. the overall design and travel worthiness is excellent. We did not realize that we needed the Wolfman Universal Saddle bag straps in addition. The instructions here for other brand racks shows a 1" D-ring and strap, this is NOT included with the bags. So, we ordered the newer Universal bag straps after a little research because they looked like a better system anyway. Well, we have the SW-Motech rack system on our 990 and the Universal straps are really hard to wrap around the rack tube because it is like a rectangle with curved sides and the diameter is almost too much for the straps. It took about 15 minutes to get all 8 on, as opposed to the few seconds shown on the Wolfman manufacturers website. It was even harder to get them back off. So, the universal straps need to be about 1/8" to a 1/4" longer. After all of that I would have prefered the D-rings shown in the instructions for other brand racks. Also, the buckles for the main straps across the bike are very large. There was no way my wife could sit on that! Luckily we could place it under the seat in the middle. I would think the design could be modified and keep the attachment on one side right at the bags so only the soft strap would be in the center.
February 17, 2014
Trans America Test
Ok, Thanksgiving week I did the first 900+ miles of the TAT
(Trans America Trail). I ran in freezing rain, mud up to the Kazoo and several river crossings. Morning low temps reached 17 degrees, so these bags got a good hardee test. I was on a V-Strom equipped with a new set of Wolfman Rocky Mountain saddle bags. The bags are great, all my gear stayed dry through over 200 miles of rain, sometimes heavy sometimes freezing.
The only water found in the outer bag was after one particularly deep river crossing, but it never got into the internal bag so all my cloths stayed dry. I dropped the bike once in the mud in MS. and the RMSB protected the bike flawlessly. Side Air Bags, OH YEA! Pros: Bags stayed in place, never moved, collapsed, or needed adjustment. Also stayed flexible in the cold. Cons: The metal cam buckles are an excellent idea, they work great, but I could only use 1 of the six per bag due to the short length, the rest I used large wire ties in replacement. Wolfman, Add a couple of inches and you have a near perfect system.
December 10, 2013
Great bags! Install a heat shield over muffler.
Installed these on my GSA. They hold more than the BMW hard bags, and weigh close to 20 lbs less! Security could be an issue, but I am not too concerned. I can pull the liners out and bring the gear in the room or tent at night. Can also pull the bags quite easily. Love them!
November 13, 2013
Well made piece of gear
Well i was really agonising over purchasing these bags over my hard panniers but I am glad I did.
They are fantastic quality and really secure well on the bike.
I have not tested them in the rain as yet but I can tell you if any water gets past the liner I would be very shocked.
Cant wait to go away and use these off-road and really give them a test.
So far I am more than happy and I think they are excellent value for money when you see the quality.
September 30, 2013
Strong & messy
I have not ridden with this product yet, so this review comes from handling it and fitting it to the bike. There are a TON of straps on this thing. It was a bit overwhelming at first. I can see how some people might miss or forget to apply a strap when installing this. I did stuff it full and mount it to my bike, and also put some bottle holders on it. Everything seems very tight and very well built. I'm not sure of it's exact placement yet as I do not have the wolfman racks installed yet. Without the racks, they seemed to only sit maybe 2 inches outside of my handlebars. That is a nice surprise as I thought they might be even wider. Make no mistake, these bags are HUGE! They seem light and I really appreciate the plastic mould in the bottom of the bags that help keep their shape. The hand strap on the top is a bit sad for a handle. If they are full and heavy, it will not be a comfortable handle. The handles could have been better without much work or expense.
June 3, 2013