Restrap Race Top Tube Bag review - plenty of storage space without getting in the way of your knees

The rigid construction of this bag helps it keep its streamlined shape

Restrap’s Race Top Tube Bag mounted on a gravel bike
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Restrap Race Top Tube Bag is an excellent high-capacity option which is sturdy and can be opened one-handed. Its longer length means it boasts a 1.5 litre capacity whilst also being quite streamlined and, with its rigid design, it doesn’t tend to get in the way of your knees. The quality of the fabrics and construction lead me to believe that it will stand the test of time, too.

Reasons to buy
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    Well made

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    Holds its shape

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Reasons to avoid
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    Internal sleeves are too narrow

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    Internal sleeves don’t offer on-the-go access

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    No cable port

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Top tube bags are designed to offer easy access on the go to smaller items such as valuables, snacks or low bulk layers such as arm warmers - they make a good alternative be used instead of stuffing your jersey pockets or a saddle bag.

Capacity wise, Restrap’s Race Top Tube Bag sits in the middle of the sizes on offer by bikepacking bag brands. 1.5 litres is a useful amount of storage space and one advantage of going for something a bit smaller is that you’re less likely to hit your knees on it. 

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