April 7, 2014
So you need that super lightweight pack to take along with you for the ride? Maybe there are some groceries to go get, laundry to haul, or an amazing day hike just off of your route?
ChicoBag is a company that makes super lightweight, reusable bags for all sorts of uses. Everything from grocery bags, produce bags, and sandwich bags to travel bags. Chico is all about doing the right thing in reducing landfill overflow. All Chico bag products are made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles and other reusable products. ChicoBag adheres to the zero waste policy.
The ChicoBag Travel Pack we carry in Cyclosource has some great features that are typically found on technical high-end packs. The nylon is rip-stop material, making it lightweight but durable. The large zippered main compartment (963 cu inches, 15L) has plenty of room for food, an extra jacket, clothes, etc. Also, inside the main compartment there is a large pocket designed to hold a hydration reservoir, a loop to secure the reservoir, and a port for the hydration tube.
ChicoBag has done a great job with straps. All straps are fully adjustable and breathable on the shoulder portions. There is even a sternum strap. On the sides of the pack are two large water bottle pockets and a stash pocket on the top.
Here is the best part: It’s extremely lightweight and stuffs into a very small pouch that is part of the stash pocket on top. The total weight of the pack is 7 ounces. When stuffed in its pouch, it measures 5”x7”x 3”.
The ChicoBag Travel Pack has been tested in the field by both Adventure Cycling staff and members alike, with positive feedback. One staff member took the pack on a two-week trip to Costa Rica and found that it was very useful for day hikes and outings off the bike. He also found that while making simple trips to the laundry mat, the pack came in handy for trekking back and forth from the campground. The pack also served well as his personal carry-on when flying.
Overall, this small pack has proved to be a great asset for bike touring.
Photos by ChicoBags
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