In the days before saddle packs, riders used an old toe strap to secure their spare tubular to the saddle’s rails. Then, as clinchers gained popularity, saddle packs became more ubiquitous. When saddlebags became passe, tubes and mini-tools were then relegated to jersey pockets. But now there’s another option for carrying spare kit–the SeatSleev retention system.
Conceptually, the SeatSleev is the exact opposite of a saddle pack. All your gear is visible–and more importantly, accessible–even when strapped to the saddle’s rails. With the SeatSleev, there’s no rummaging through packs or sagging jersey pockets.
OK, it’s convenient, but is it secure? Absolutely. I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical at first, but I’m pleased to report that the SeatSleev is very secure. The heavy-gauge elastic conforms to the items’ individual shapes, and cinching down the dual hook-and-loop keeps everything in place (even on dirt roads and trails).
Capacity-wise, I was able to able to carry everything that normally resides in my medium-sized Lezyne saddle pack (with room to spare). And while I’m certainly no featherweight, the SeatSleev is about half the weight of the aforementioned saddlebag (45 grams vs 85 grams).
The SpeedSleev retails for $34.99, and can be purchased on the company’s website.
Disclosure: SpeedSleev, LLC provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.