These two items, Koala bike bag and Exorail, are available separately; buying them together saves a tenner. The bag is very well made and the materials and construction seem durable and simple — no pointless bells and whistles. The bags are made in the UK, and you can add your own tweaks to the design if you want. I found mine fitted a two-man tent with ease (with the poles taken out and strapped separately) plus some other compressible jackets. A roll-top closure and compression straps kept everything compact and stable and the Exorail worked effectively to hold the bag still, preventing it from swaying around. This Exorail was easy to fit and a slide on-and-off sleeve makes it easy to remove the bag. For an overnighter, with extra gear in a backpack, the set up worked very well. Having always been a panniers girl I’m considering going down the bike-packing route with a frame bag and handlebar bag added to the set-up.
▶Verdict: Well-thought-out bike-packing bag; made in the UK, too.
▶Best for: Faff-free bikepacking.
Review by Sarah Stirling @sarahstirling