If you’re not familiar with Tunitas Carryall, that’s OK. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that I stumbled upon the brand a few months ago during a marathon Instagram session. Boasting clean lines and distinctive color palettes, the San Francisco-based company’s basket bags immediately caught my eye. A few emails and a couple of weeks later, a fresh Tunitas Carryall Basket Bag arrived at GRAVELBIKE for review.
Designed and sewn in San Francisco’s Mission District, the 137 Basket Bag ($130 and up) is constructed from a mix of 1000D Cordura (exterior), 420D pack cloth (liner), and 200D pack cloth (drawstring closure). Side and rear pockets provide storage for smaller items, while quick-release side straps keep the bag securely fastened with even the heaviest loads. A hidden drawstring closure provides additional cargo security, and external D-rings enable use of an optional shoulder strap. And for the weight-consious among you, my sample bag in the Forest Ranger colorway tipped the scales at 595 grams.
Unlike many competitors’ models, Tunitas’ 137 and 139 bags feature padded sides and bottom panels. In addition to protecting your cargo, the foam padding provides a semi-rigid structure, making it easier to load and carry the bag. And because the bag’s mounting straps are separate from the main compartment’s closure, you can access the pack’s contents while the bag remains attached to your rack or basket. Measuring 14″ x 8.5″, it comes as no surprise that the Tunitas 137 is a perfect fit for Wald’s 137 basket. And should you need more capacity, the rolltop closure’s height extends from six to eighteen inches.
Because of the bag’s semi-rigid profile, it took a few rides for the padding to break in and conform to my Wald basket’s contours. With use, however, the fit between the bag and basket actually improved. So much so, that, for short errands, fastening only one of the two mounting straps was enough to keep the bag and cargo safely in place. For those riders who haven’t yet adopted the basket life, Tunitas’ 137 can be used sans basket with porteur-style racks from Pass & Stow, Surly, and Velo Orange.
As one might expect from a $130 bag, the Tunitas’ fit and finish is absolutely top notch. The more I used the Tunitas Carryall basket bag, the more I came to appreciate its versatile, highly functional design. That’s no accident, either. You can chalk up the bag’s pedigree to company founder Jessica Chan, who spent several years designing under other companies before launching Tunitas Carryall.
In addition to the Cordura model that I tested, Tunitas offers the 137 in X10 cotton and Camo X10 fabric. If you live or work in San Francisco, you can save on shipping with free pickup from their studio space. The company also offers free delivery via bike, which they fulfill every Friday. All products are guaranteed against manufacturer’s defects, and normal wear and tear or other damage can be repaired for a small fee.
Disclosure: Tunitas Carryall provided review samples for this article, but offered no other form of compensation in exchange for editorial coverage.