Detours Sodo Bag and Axiom Smart Box Reviewed
I don't know for certain but it seems to me that Detours Bags is going to discontinue this product so if you're looking for a nice sized handlebar bag for either bike touring or commuting snag one of these before they're gone. Click on photo or underlined link above for more product information.
I was looking for a handlebar bag with a quick release clamp that could be mounted with my inline brake levers and that held the bag out far enough to allow my hands easy access to those secondary brake levers and this design allowed for that. After reading a review from a guy who had recently invested well over a hundred bucks on the new Arkel Handlebar bag he felt that he had overpaid considering it didn't include a rain cover. I'm not saying the Detours Sodo Bag can be compared to the quality of an Arkel product but when you see the price this is listed at it's a no brainer. And it includes a rain cover!
Other features include a nice padded shoulder strap for carrying around off the bike and a clear map sleeve on top. Apparently the clear sleeve was actually designed for cramming a cell phone into but it doesn't work well for that. Like other reviewers have mentioned the goofy plastic ziploc type of access on the under side of the lid broke on the first use. I didn't care as a map stays nicely in place with the bag closed.
- 2 large zip zippered compartments are covered by a TPU-coated waterproof flap with a waterproof welded clear pocket on the top lid for maps and screen phones
- Interior org / zip pockets / key fob / external side pockets for water and snacks
- Plenty of padding for lunch and camera
- Removable shoulder strap and removable rain cover
- Dimensions are: 10 x 4.5 x 8 in
Some common complaints of handlebar bags are the lid or cover opening from the front making it very difficult to access contents while riding. For me, that's what a top tube bag is for so next item in this post is the Axiom Smart Box.
I considered returning it for that very reason but since it holds my Canon G16 very snugly providing ease of access while riding while not bouncing around at all I decided to keep it. I was also able to fit a 6700mah Zendure Power Bank with it.
Dubbed "Smart Box" as the exterior side pocket on the drive side of the bike is designed to hold most common sized smart phones. I was able to fit a Moto G phone without a case easily. I'm planning to take advantage of the pocket's convenience for my old Kodak Playsport zx5. This provides easy access to a waterproof camera that I can use in inclement weather. Notice the four straps used to secure this little thing makes for a very sturdy install.
Anyhow, if you're looking for a large top tube bag to stash a rain coat or larger items than those described here this is not the product for you. However, if you need easy access to a couple gadgets that would otherwise be difficult to access from your handlebar bag while riding than this is a very good affordable quality option.