Under Test: TomTom Bandit Camera

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POV action cameras make it easy to capture your adventures, but weeding out the less-than-epic footage is often a chore. That’s not the case with TomTom’s new Bandit camera. Built-in sensors automatically tag maximum speed, g-force, acceleration, deceleration, and vertical speed. A built-in media server makes sharing quick and easy, and the company’s mobile app features shake-to-edit functionality.

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First Impressions: Jones Loop H-Bar Pack

We’re big fans of Jeff Jones’ Loop handlebars The bars’ swept-back design and multiple hand positions successfully bridge the gap between conventional drop- and upright-bars. Ample real estate for packs and accessories make it a popular choice for bikepacking and adventure riders, and with the introduction of the company’s Loop H-Bar Pack ($80.00 MSRP), you can add convenient storage to the bars’ list of features.

Expertly crafted in North America by the folks at Porcelain Rocket, the single-compartment H-Bar Pack is constructed from 500D Cordura, 200D liner fabric, closed cell foam, and YKK #8 water-resistant zippers. Mounting is simple thanks to four heavy-duty Velcro straps and two cam-lock nylon straps. While the Velcro straps’ positions are fixed, the cam-lock straps have multiple attachment points making it easy to accommodate bar-mounted accessories or other packs. For on-the-go access, the dual-pull zipper can be opened with one hand from either the right or left side. Despite the pack’s use of heavy-duty materials, weight is a scant 120 grams.

With a capacity of approximately 110 square inches (1.8 litres), the Loop H-Bar pack isn’t a replacement for bikepacking-style handlebar rolls such as the ones from Apidura, Blackburn, or Revelate. We found that the Loop H-Bar Pack’s easy access design made it ideal for storing small, frequently used items such as sunscreen, a cell phone, or energy bars and gels. If you’re riding in uncertain weather conditions, the pack is large enough to hold a lightweight vest, skull cap, and a pair of thin gloves.

Depending on your preferred grip, you may find that the Loop H-Bar Pack interferes with some of  your favorite hand positions. One tester found that the bag made it difficult to wrap his fingers around the bars’ outer loop section. Those riders who tended to ride with their hands draped across the top of the bars typically had no complaints, however. Some testers reported that the added weight of the pack and cargo was noticeable on technical drops.

The Jones Loop H-Bar Pack is an excellent alternative–or complement–to top tube and feedbag-style packs. After several months of use, our test sample shows no signs of wear despite being swapped between multiple bikes and riders. If you’re running Jones Loop handlebars and want to add some extra storage space, the Loop H-Bar Pack is definitely worth your consideration.

Disclosure: Jeff Jones Bicycles provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.