Koala 13L is a lightweight saddle bag for carrying bulky items on multi-day bikepacking trips. Roll-top closure and compression straps keep kit packed tightly reducing movement over rough terrain, with adjustable seat post and saddle rail attachments for a secure fit. Koala is compatible with the Exo-Rail mount for extra stability and reduced sway. Reinforced contruction using hardwearing waterproof fabric protects your kit from all but the heaviest rain. The Airlok Tapered dry bag also fits neatly inside for a fully waterproof setup. Built to last by hand in the UK with a 25 year Alpine Bond.
X-Pac® X11 3-layer laminate (100% organic cotton duck / recycled polyester X-PLY / polyester film backer), 1100D Cordura® nylon, nylon webbing and strapping
Height: 41cm Width: 21cm Depth: 17cm
X-Pac® X11 fabric uses a hard-wearing 100% organic cotton face fabric. Organic cotton farming produces significantly less CO₂, uses less water and eliminates the use of harmful pesticides.
X-Pac® X11 fabric is certified by cleenTEC® as being 100% climate neutral. X11 is made from a mixture of plant-based and recycled materials and manufactured in factories using only green energy.
The Koala has a DWR coating which helps it to repel water and dirt. After your ride, wipe down your bag with a damp cloth to remove dirt or use mild soap on more stubborn muck. Leave to air dry.
We’d like bolt-on mounts for the Pod or Cradle and a web mesh on the Koala whose straps also need tucking in neatly. Otherwise, Alpkit has delivered an excellent set of fast but accurate to fit bikepacking bags using an even tougher selection of premium materials to make them more durable than the predecessors we’ve had no issues with over years of use. Details like the replaceable straps boost longevity too.
Pricing is excellent, considering the bags are all handmade in the UK and come with a 25-year ‘Alpine Bond’ guarantee against defects and reduced-price repair if you accidentally trash them.
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)