We have two bags from our amigos at Revelate designs in for review. The Salty Roll Dry Bag and the Egress Pocket. I’m integrating these two new components into my bikepacking set up alongside the fork bag test that we’re running.
Let’s take a look at the Egress Pocket. I bought this bag during the lead up to the Bear 100 race to hold a few things that I could access while riding. The Egress can be attached directly to the bars or be strapped to the front bed-roll bag for longer trips. The interior of the Egress is one large compartment with a zippered inner sleeve to secure important stuff like money or your keys.
If you want to run the Egress mounted directly to your handlebars, Revelate includes three shorter straps that attach the bag to the bars and the headtube. I used the Egress during the Bear100 along with two Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbags.
The Egress has two D-ring attachment points that allowed me to clips a map pocket to hold the tear sheet and race number. With the bag in the (direct-mount) mode, the permanently attached longer straps that are used to secure a bedroll have built-in velcro strap minders sewn right into them, so they stay organized and out of the way.
The Egress is a waterproof, roll-top pocket that uses a split D-ring closure that gets an assist from strategically placed velcro. The structure of the Egress Pocket is designed with a curve so when it’s mounted it conforms to the cylindrical shape of the bedroll. I used the Egress with the ~10″ diameter Outdoor Research dry bag and the Revelate Designs Salty Roll that we’ll talk about below. It should be noted that the larger diameter of the OR bag put the Egress straps to their limit. However, when coupled with the Salty Roll, the Egress fits like a finely tailored Italian swimsuit. It actually made me mutter “whoa, nice!” to myself as I strapped the Egress and Salty Roll to the front rack of the Trek 1120 review bike for the first time.
- Contoured sides
- Roll-top closure with hook strap
- Removable padded liner
- Small zippered pocket in removable liner
- Stand-alone mounting and off-bike versatility
- 3″ depth 9.5″ width 7-8″ height
- Weight: 10.0 oz complete, 7.5 oz without extra straps and liner removed.
- Volume: 175 cu in approx.
- Materials: 210 Denier Ripstop Nylon double side laminated with TPU Hypalon reinforcements
I’ve owned a handful of bags over the last forty years. Most of them were for touring with drop bar bikes and seemed more like a gentleman’s bike purse (kinda dorky). The Egress works with any style handlebars and it’s much more of a mountain bikers junk drawer than any of my previous bar bags (less dorky). The Egress usually is the last bag closed and the first bag opened and I use it for snacks, my headlamp, folding knife, maps, permits, and every last minute thing that I grab before hitting the trail. (that’s where the “junk drawer” analogy comes from)
After my first warm weather trip in Iowa the spring, I realized that my 30L OR drybag was better suited to carry my bulkier winter sleep system and that set me looking to find something smaller in a 15-20L capacity to carry my warm weather setup. I’m using a poncho liner called a ‘woobie’ instead of a sleeping bag for warm weather trips and it’s much smaller. I looked at Outdoor Research and Sea to Summit dry bags and then purchased the Revelate designs, Salty Roll. I chose the Salty Roll because it comes with a row of ladder strap attachment points that help keep straps in place and it was considerably less expensive than the other brands mentioned. The Revelate Designs Salty Roll has an MSRP of $38.
The Salty Roll opens at both ends and that’s an important feature that really helps to allow for loading whatever you plan to carry. You can stuff from one end and pull from the other to get everything situated. The Salty Roll easily carries my woobie and my rain jacket with room to spare. (shown in the picture above)
- Webbing daisy chain allows for a multitude of strap placements. Slot the straps on the Harness through the loops to keep the bag centered.
- RF Welded waterproof seam construction
- Dual roll down closures
- 7″ diameter, 24″ maximum length (3 rolls of closure each end)
- Weight: 6.2 oz
- Volume: 925 cu in @ 24″ max-width
- Materials: 210 denier nylon. Dual coat TPU.
The Egress and the Salty Roll are like peas and pea pods (you thought that I was going to say carrots). The two bags nest and coupled with the front rack on our Trek 1120 review bike make for a really stable (off-road capable) waterproof warm weather, bike camping front end. I wrote a portion of this article while on a 3 day, 2 night trip in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and I’ve got a few previous trips under my belt with the Egress. We’ll continue to rack up more nights and miles over the summer and share a full review later this fall. Till then ¡Felices Caminos y Buena Suerte! amigos.
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