When you walk down the street and see something that catches your eye, whether it is a bike in the window at your local shop or that ice cream cone the kiddo is eating on a bench, you likely do a double take. This is exactly what I did when my eye first caught a glimpse of the Restrap Saddle Bag. I instantly thought of a laced brooks saddle – a similarity to the elegant saddle bag that caught my eye. What I thought was just a piece of art turned into a functional bag made by a brand that just launched their new series of bags called the #CarryEverything range. Restrap started 5 years ago focusing their time and energy on redesigning the pedal strap. Since then they have moved onto backpacks and other small accessories. Their crew of 5 employees make all of their bags in a 200 square foot workshop in Yorkshire, England. While they started with accessories, and have since moved on to bags, Nathan Hughes and his crew have seen the growth and potential in bikepacking so they decided to devote their time to bike luggage. I got the sense from Nathan that they really take pride in their developments and make sure every stitch and feature is functional and esthetically pleasing. 

Saddle Bag – £89.99

photoshoot01_42 They started prototyping their saddle bag one and a half years ago, testing, tuning and tinkering to make the best possible product. After 25 prototypes, changing shapes, designs and sourcing materials, the Carry Everything Saddle Bag was born. Nathan stated that “we didn’t want to release a generic saddle bag,” and that statement holds true with the paracord holster design. While many bikepacking manufactures are using lightweight fabrics, Restrap went with a heavy duty military grade Cordura to ensure the bag is built to last. The holster itself comes with a hard casing making for easy installation and removal of any 8-13 liter dry bag (not included). The bag is then secured with Restrap’s proprietary magnetic buckle, which is said to be easy to adjust even with your gloves on. Another thought behind the design was to make sure the bag was made with a number of fail-safes that can keep your bag functional after a piece breaks. While manufactures know it is never good when something breaks, it’s good to know there are people thinking about it, and have a simple on the road repair without extra materials.

Bar Bag – £54.99

photoshoot01_24 Similar to there saddle bag, the Restrap Bar Bag is a holster system that carries a 8-13 liter dry bag (not included.) This system is made for easy installation and removal of your dry bags and contents without unstrapping the entire bag from your handlebars. The holster bag was also well thought out as Restrap made sure the bag would function with ridge and suspension forks as well as a variety of different bikes, which Nathan said was not easy to design. Like the saddle bag, the bar bag is also made up of a 1000D military-grade Cordura and nylon webbing for durability and ease of use. It also comes with a unique magnetic attachment point for the food pouch – a bar bag add on.

Frame Bags – £39.99 to £59.99

photoshoot01_29 The final piece of the Carry Everything product line is their frame bags. Three different sized bags are available to make sure the proper bag fits your bike. Each bag is made out of a 1000D Cordura outer and VX21 fabrics including waterproof zippers. Rubberized Velcro straps provide a snug and secure fit while minimizing wear on your frame. The bag also comes with an internal mesh pocket and dynamo cable slot to accommodate the popular generator hubs. All of the Restrap Carry Everything Bags are made for off road travel in mind, yet work just fine as an alternative to racks and panniers on your next tour. While the holster bags do not come with a dry bag, they do sell 13 liter Ortlieb Dry Bag –  for £9.99 ($15.67) on their website, or if you already have a 8-13L bag, that would work just fine.

Restrap started to ship their first batch of #CarryEverything Bags world wide last week, to order yours head over to their Website. Stay tuned for a full review.

 

21 Comments

  1. scott black

    Before people get too excited about Nathan’s/Restrap’s ‘unique saddlebag design’, I’d just like to point out that it is actually for the most part MY/Black Rainbow Project’s unique saddlebag design which was made over three years ago, and was shown at the NAHBS on my custom made Rob English 29er, which was then featured in several articles on blogs such as Dirt Rag, Bike Rumour, Gypsy by trade, and many others!
    I then went on to make and sell a few batches of them over the following few months.
    I certainly wasn’t the first person to make a drybag holster saddlebag design, but mine was unique in it’s shape, styling and hardshell design, and also it’s use of a non stitched front section construction, which used cable ties to allow for easy repair in the case of an over stuffed drybag straining the harness. Along with replaceable tension strap and replaceable seatpost collar etc.
    It was also designed around, photographed with, and sold with the same 13ltr Ortlieb drybags Restrap use in ‘their’ design and promotion.
    Despite attempts to get an admission from Nathan/Restrap that he used my design and ideas to end up with the saddlebag holster he is now selling and promoting as his own unique design (a design which is vastly different from his original design) and despite other people agreeing on various social media sites that his design is a copy of mine, he still claims the design is entirely his own work, and that he took absolutely no inspiration from my saddlebag design.
    I have no intention of making any more of my saddlebags, and my reaction is in no way fueled by bitterness or jealousy, it is purely the lack of respect from a fellow UK bagmaker, especially as he is now promoting even more strongly that the design is all his own, unique work that I find most saddening.
    I only hope that he himself never has any of his ‘designs’ plagiarised in the same way.

    Below are links to various photos of my BRP harness design, which was made over two years before Restrap claim they even started working on theirs.
    I’m fully aware that people will have their own opinions on this, but for me and many others, the similarity is too obvious to dispute, and a simple change of buckles/materials can’t disguise this.

    http://www.cyclelicio.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/english_divide-sm.jpg
    http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s53/kiddcougar/proto1sml_zps0d92def4.jpg
    http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s53/kiddcougar/harness1_zpsc6c39a62.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v709/aka_crimsen/10335938_10152458828880907_775508668_n_zps05ddaf69.jpg

    • Well said, Scott. You deserve credit for this unique design.

      Your work has, and always will be, held in my highest regard. You are one of the most talented, creative, and innovative seamsters I’ve ever known.

      Scott

  2. I have just bought one of these – so pleased with it! Really well made. And great customer service from Restrap. Thanks guys!

  3. Scott, it’s about time you gave it a rest. Remember when you did that first run of saddle bags, told people you were all set and ready to make them, took their money up front then disappeared for over a year before delivering them? Or when you took 4 months to deliver on some paid up front printed gildan T shirts?

    You’re a great designer but an absolutely shameful business man, and you might have forgotten all the times you’ve messed people about and let them down, but the people that were observing haven’t.

    There are similarities between the Restrap holster and yours, there are also similarities between the Revelate holster and yours, have you been giving them a hard time too?

    I’m going touring next week with someone who is using a BRP saddle bag, so we’ll do a side by side of the differences.

    Come on though, stop being bitter and trying to damage Restrap, it’s pretty pathetic, and it’s getting old.

    Also, worth noting that Nathan attempted to contact you personally numerous times via numerous channels after your initial comments on LFGSS yet rather than respond to him personally you would rather air your dirty laundry in public.

    Scott it’s time to grow up.

    • scott black

      Tom, I’m the first to admit I’m no businessman, and that making money has never been the driving force behind my products, which is exactly why I didn’t make more than a couple of batches of my saddlebags, and instead directed interested parties towards Porcelain Rocket or Revelate.
      I also did my best to keep customers informed of any delays in my production of any product…which at the time of the saddlebags was due to completely relocating my business to a new city, and having to build an entire new workshop from scratch, which again my customers were kept informed of. Also, any customers that weren’t happy to wait were given full refunds.
      As for Nathan trying to contact me…he only did that AFTER launching his ‘unique design’…after I pointed out the unbelievable similarities, and AFTER you yourself posted your comment which you later deleted informing me that he had been asking you if I was still in business and making my saddlebags before releasing his.
      Many of Nathan’s ‘designs’ come straight from other peoples products, including this saddlebag…and to claim he took no influence from mine whatsoever is rubbish. Other people spotted it straight away, just like I did.
      All I was asking for was enough respect from him to admit that it was my product that he took his design inspiration from, rather than trying to claim it is entirely his own idea from start to finish.
      It’s nothing whatsoever to do with bitterness, because I chose not to enter the bikepacking market, it’s simply about giving credit where it’s due!
      If other bagmakers are even messaging me to ask if Restrap worked on their saddlebag with me, then I’m not the only person who can see the obvious plagiarism here.

  4. Saddle bags of this nature have been around for Donkeys years so I’m struggling to see why you think you own this concept. Did you patent your design? I’ve ridden Restrap horizontal straps for years and never had an issue. The quality and service is incredible and I look forward to place an order for a frame bag in the coming weeks!

    • scott black

      I didn’t say I own the concept, I’m talking about my design, the style, the hardshell concept, the non stitched front section, which as far as I’m aware was unique when I showed mine at NAHBS.
      I already stated I wasn’t the first to make a drybag holster saddlebag if you read my earlier comment.
      I myself drew inspiration from an idea Porcelain Rocket had, but I have no problem giving them credit for that, as that’s the way things should be.

  5. Ember Equipment had a Kickstarter last year for a backpack that seems to use a very similar magnetic modular system that is being used on Restrap’s backpack.

  6. Talk about throwing your toys out the pram. So are we to expect that Restrap will kick up a fuss if anyone uses magnets on luggage items or in particular the magnetic frame bag. God help if anyone copies that design!? You seem to have a vendetta against Restrap judging on that photo bucket image. There are 100’s of companies making holsters, tool pouches, saddle bags etc carrying very similar designs, but you seem to single out Restrap as purely plagiarising everyone else. I’ve watched Restrap grow over the years and I’m impressed with where they’ve got too, I’ve spoken to Nathan when I wanted some customisations done to my messenger bag and his over all customer service/turn around time was incredible. I don’t believe for a minute that he set out to plagerise your saddle bag. I’ve seen other companies use the magnetic locking system as The unite does and ember does, whos blaming who? who did ember copy? Whos going to be the first to copy the Restrap x Woodroop magnetic frame bag or panniers system? Either way I’m sure Nathan will deal with it like a true business man and continue doing what he does best, making killer products with amazing customer service. He more then likely won’t become a keyboard troll bad mouthing other business’s though!

    • scott black

      Your argument doesn’t really carry much weight Ben as Restrap weren’t the first to make a magnetically attached frame bag, I believe Porcelain Rocket already had that honour.
      Neither were Restrap the first to use Fidlock Magnetic snaps and buckles on luggage.
      I’ve even been using Fidlock products myself over the past couple of years.
      My argument wasn’t about being the first to make a holster style saddlebag as I’ve said several times…it’s about the overall shape/design of their saddlebag being so similar to mine…and as nobody else but them has a saddlebag that so closely resembles mine, it’s pretty obvious why my grievance is with Restrap.
      I’ve also watched Restrap grow over the years, and I’ve always supported other small bagmakers and helped people wherever possible, but I’ve yet to see another small indy bagmaker make so many products that draw so much influence from other people’s ideas, without once giving them any credit.
      There’s no keyboard trolling or toys out of the pram here…I’m simply a designer defending my work and my ideas against someone who is so openly claiming to have created a unique design which has taken absolutely no inspiration or design cues from a product it so obviously has.

  7. Hi Scott,

    Thank you for pointing out our similarities in products with other peoples.
    Firstly I would like to say we have emailed you a number of times to resolve any issues you of may have had when this was brought to my attention (even before we launched). After numerous attempts (which I am happy to supply evidence) we did not receive any response from yourself.

    I would also like to point out we have not once had an email/ phone call or any direct contact from yourself. Obviously you can understand it is hard to resolve any issues if you are not willing to reply or even contact us.

    As mentioned previously on other forums here is our number: 01132451128 and here is my personal email Nathan@restrap.co.uk

    I am more than happy to discuss this with you!

    • scott black

      Nathan, I never once received a single email, private or public message on LFGSS or any other contact from you BEFORE you started posting pictures of your saddlebag on social media…It was only AFTER I brought it up on LFGSS that you saw fit to contact me…by which point you were already releasing it.
      Your own friend Tom even commented that you had been asking him about whether or not I was still making my saddlebags and trading BEFORE you launched this product or contacted me (a comment he then deleted).
      I wasn’t the only person to notice the unbelievable similarity of your product to mine, and as yours is now the only other one on the market that looks like mine, it seems obvious to me, and many other people where your idea and inspiration came from.
      You said in your LFGSS post “It certainly was never our intention to copy anyone’s design and indeed, having spent many years in this industry I am confident that we have not.”….so your lock holster wasn’t an exact copy of Fabric Horse’s?

      There’s obviously nothing left to ‘discuss’ as you are incapable of admitting that you HAVE indeed copied other people’s work during the growth of your brand, and HAVE taken a huge inspiration for your saddlebag from mine.
      I wish you all the best with your products

    • Nathan,

      Whether or not you had any email/telephone correspondence with Scott, prior to the release of your seatpack, is irrelevant : you copied the design, almost identically. Were you looking for Scott to give you permission to copy his design? Is that why you wanted to talk to Scott? This is just bad ethics…

      My impression is that your business model is one that simply capitalizes on a market that is hot, not necessarily on a activity/lifestyle that you are passionate about. I think this is the part that concerns me the most. Our designs at Porcelain Rocket come from riding lots, and trashing prototypes. Judging by some material/construction decisions you’ve made in your #carryeverything line, you don’t understand the demands of bikepacking gear.

      I once thought that there was sort of an unspoken “gentleman’s agreement” in our small group of gear-builders, in terms of design originality, but I guess that’s gone now…

      I’m not normally a biter, but when stuff like this happens, it deserves to have bullshit called on it.

      Scott
      @porcelainrocket

      • You clearly now absolutely zero about Restrap then eh scot? Riding is at the centre of everything Nathan does, whether it’s bikepacking around Mont Blanc (testing Restrap bikepack products in about as extreme conditions as you could get) or riding to the pub… Maybe you should do a bit more research rather than steaming in at face value and making a tit of yourself?

        That’s all from me.

        • Tom,

          Your point is very valid. I had actually never even heard of ReStrap until I saw this post. I can’t comment about Nathan’s passions, nor should I on a public forum.
          I do think that my other points hold plenty of water, however.
          I’m also more than happy to talk about this privately, if this appeals to anyone. theporcelainrocket@gmail.com

          Scott

  8. I’d call it a TKO by Scott and Scott in Round 2. Time to move on…

  9. Restrap launches the #CarryEverything range, a innovative take on #bikepacking bags. Restrap – Carry Everything Bags – Bikepackers Magazine”,”All of the Restrap Carry Everything Bags are made for off road travel in mind, yet work just fine as an alternative to racks and panniers on your next tour.

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  11. Scott, you are boring me. If you think you own a design you should have patented it. End of.

    If you have problem with another manufacturer, speak to them directly, we don’t want to hear about it.

    I’ve seen a picture of a saddlebag on a bike from 1901, perhaps it’s manufacturer should complain about you making bags like theirs.

  12. Well I was going to buy one of these Everything bags but unsure after reading the comment section.

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