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Bryan Bosch

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Having recently installed an SW-Motech rear rack on my KTM 690 Enduro R, I went on the hunt for a tail bag to compliment it. In addition to something that could put up with some trail abuse and keep my stuff dry, I wanted a solid, but simple mounting system. I really liked the adjustable fender hook system on the Giant Loop Klamath Rack Pack, so I decided to give one a shot.

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The zipper-less clam shell design of the Klamath Rack pack works perfectly and is easy to live with. I had no issues opening and closing it with riding gloves and since the two halves fit together accurately, my stuff stayed clean and dry in soupy conditions. However, I can always get out the included dry bag should I be carrying anything that absolutely can't get wet. I don't see this pack leaking short of submerging it.

The inner pack compartment dimensions are approx. 10"L X 7.5"W X 4.5"H and features a repositionable divider. I was able to carry a 12v micro tire pump & power cord, OE KTM tool kit, digital tire gauge, my more roadworthy gloves (for the ride home), snacks, and an extra bottle of water with a bit of room to spare. The sides and top of the pack are semi-rigid, so while there is a small amount of flex, if you force fit something, it will distort the shape, not allowing the upper and lower halves to fit together properly. The inner compartment has a key lanyard and under the lid is a zippered mesh pocket that is good for foldable maps or other fairly thin objects such as an energy bar. Finally, both the back and sides have reflective stripes so that cagers just might see us for once.

There is also additional storage on the outside of the Klamath. The back flap has a full-width mesh pocket (not closeable) and the top has a zigzag bungee cord that can be cinched up. I found the bungee to be very useful for holding a medium sized machete for cutting trail overgrowth as well as as spot to stash a trail map that was rolled up in a large plastic ziplock bag.

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Is the pack stable? Yep! 80mph dirt/gravel roads, whoops, logs, trail brush, etc... when I got home, the Klamath always seemed to be right where I left it. Clearly, the Velcro fender hook system works as it should. When I'm riding, I don't even know the bag is that there. 

Anything that I don't like? Outside of having to watch my foot snagging on it when getting on/off and already tall bike and a bit of a premium price point, nope; the Giant Loop Klamath Rack Pack is exactly what I was looking for. I also love the fact that it's made in the USA and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. If you're looking for a solid rack pack, I'd put the Klamath and your shortlist of options.

More @ http://www.giantloopmoto.com/

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