First Impressions: J.Paks SnakPak

Thanks to the popularity of bikepacking and gravel riding, a cottage industry of bag manufacturers has emerged to fill the need for products not available from the big-name brands. One such company is Colorado’s J.Paks. Founded by industrial designer and avid adventure cyclist Joe Tonsager, the one-man shop offers a variety of stock and custom-made bags, including his popular SnakPak top tube bag.

The SnakPak is designed to provide quick-and-easy access to necessities such as snacks, cell phone, or camera. Measuring 9″ long and 2.25″ wide, the bag attaches to the front or rear of the top tube. For maximum compatibility, the hook-and-loop mounting straps can be repositioned to clear braze-ons, cables, etc. Single-body construction, combined with a waterproof YKK zipper keeps the bag’s contents dry. A strip of rubberized webbing along the bottom of the pack helps reduce slippage. If basic black isn’t your thing, Tonsager offers contrasting zipper accents in red, blue, green, yellow, camouflage, white, brown, or grey.

With a storage capacity of approximately 85 cubic inches, the SnakPak has room for those items that you don’t want to keep buried in a hydration pack or saddlebag. To give you an idea of just how much the SnakPak can carry, we were able to fit twenty (20) packets of GU energy gel in our review sample. For daily use, the bag comfortably held a wallet, cell phone, keys, some energy bars, and a bandanna with room to spare.

SnakPaks can be purchased directly from J.Paks for $40 + shipping. Turnaround time is approximately seven days for standard models. If you’re in Colorado, Golden Bike Shop and the Pedal Bike Shop both carry a selection of J.Paks products.

Disclosure: J.Paks provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation for this review.

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