Last fall, Bikepackers Magazine evaluated the Anything Cage and concluded “the simplicity of the cage has its advantages, like being able to customize the way you carry your gear…we have found great uses for [this] system.” Since their introduction in 2010, Salsa’s Anything Cages have afforded adventure cyclists a unique solution for carrying essential equipment and supplies. The simplicity and versatility of the original Anything Cage cultivated a loyal following amongst the bikepacking community. Admittedly, we were excited for the release of the redesigned Anything Cage and the new Anything Bag this spring. Like its predecessor, the Anything Cage HD is constructed around a three hole mounting plate which interfaces nicely with stock boss forks. In 2014, Salsa refined the original Anything Cage because the rack’s welds were breaking. Constructed from an impact resistant nylon, the new HD model eliminates the problems encountered with first generation aluminum cages. The new cage is well constructed and has been bomber on my spring and summer trips. But further field testing is necessary to evaluate how the new, nylon material will perform when used in frigid, winter temps. The increased surface area of the Anything Cage’s sidewalls are an obvious improvement to the original design. More cage ensures loads up to 6.6 lbs can be securely attached to your bike. Additionally, the new cage’s shape nests gear more effectively with the gridded frame walls providing a plethora of attachment points for those indispensable Salsa straps! Salsa’s engineers took the time to listen to travelers and observe how they were using the original cages. They wisely employed that feedback into the 2015 reboot. Not everyone rolls with fork bosses so Anything Cages are often attached to front forks using hose clamps. We stress that this is Not Officially Recommended by Salsa Cycles! But unofficially, a molded channel on the new cage facilitates seamless integration of hose clamps should one choose to employ this mounting option. A convenient coincidence to be sure! Salsa also took note of the different bags adventurers were employing with the original Anything Cages. The company now offers a waterproof stuff sack designed specifically for use with the new HD cage. Weighing in at 5 oz., The Anything Bag is a mini-drybag featuring an external, bar-tacked daisy chain and a 4.5 liter carrying capacity. I’ve used the Anything Bag on both bike and raft this spring and this tough little sack is a solid choice for carrying essentials in all conditions. It’s always cool when a company’s product goes from good to great based on end user feedback, a quest for quality and a continuous desire to innovate. Kudos to Salsa Cycles on their efforts here. Whether it’s hauling essential supplies or loading up a cold growler from the local brewery, Salsa’s Anything Cages are unequaled in their utility. If your searching for an affordable and sustainable solution to loading more stuff onto your bike, then look no further than the Anything Cage HD. Add an Anything Bag to the mix and you’re ready for rugged bicycle adventures in all conditions. Happy Trails!