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The Zigzag Handlebar Bag is Solid

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Tech Tips, travel

Radical photo sent to us from our buddy Steven, of the Zigzag Handlebar Bag in full effect!

“Hey guys, writing to say hello! Check in, and point to a post I made on InstaGram today. Yep, rain can be fun too. Didn’t worry about pockets much. Kept everything in the Zigzag Handlebar Bag!” — Steven Levine

Check out Steven’s InstaGram page here…

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Zigzag and Rogue Bags Keeping Gear Dry on a Polaris Razor

By | bike packing, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Polaris, Reviews, Riders, Side By Side, SxS, Tech Tips, Video

See if you can spot the Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Rogue Dry Bag under all the mud on the back of this Polaris RZR RS1!

“Traveling track to track. Driving a Polaris RS1 named RYzen. Almost got stuck in a deep mud hole!”Marcel Irnie

Great video Marcel — looks like fun!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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The KTM 790 Adventure S with Great Basin Saddlebags

By | bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

Here’s how GL outfitted the KTM 790 Adventure S using the KTM Spacer Kit to make our horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebags fit perfectly… 

We also mounted a GL Fandango Pro Tank Bag with Pannier Pockets (tucked-in like they were made for this bike!) and a waterproof Possibles Pouches as externals to the Saddlebags. Then we added Rogue and Tillamook Dry Bags integrated with beaver tail compression straps. Ready to Go. Designed by riders for riders!!!

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Great Basin and Tillamook Bags Reviewed at McGearHub

By | bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, News, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, travel, Video

Our buddy Roy at Motorcycle Gear Hub made this cool video about GL Great Basin Saddlebags and Tillamook Dry Bag

Here’s the epic horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, serving as a motorcycle luggage solution. Without doubt, I only have good words for your products, your company and your team. Having collaborated and continuing to collaborate with so-many brands, I can readily see who are serious about their products and who aren’t. Many thanks as usual. Stay safe!” — Roy Lopez

Thanks for the great review, Roy —  Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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GL Ambassador Danell Lynn Article in OutdoorX4

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Riders, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, travel, Triumph

Keep an eye out for this beautiful adventure travel article by Guinness World Record holder and Giant Loop Ambassador Danell Lynn in Issue 36 of OutdoorX4. Written and photographed by Danell, “Colonial Mexico” recounts her travels on her trusty Triumph Bonneville “Amelia”… 

Danell rides with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag on this journey, keeping it a little lighter these days than her world record setting ride of all 50 states in a single year — “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country” — she is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

“Giant Loop was my first and only bag choice as the ride began its planning. I am so pleased with it. The ease of use, and complete dryness of my gear through downpours, will keep me coming back to Giant Loop.” — Danell Lynn

We are proud to play a role in Danell’s incredible travels. She puts GL products to a degree of testing that would take most riders many years to equal. Her spirit matches our mission as a brand and company. Cheers, Danell!

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Classic GL Colombia Bag on a Baja Surf Adventure

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Photos, Tech Tips, travel

Our surfer buddy Mike sent us this great vista shot from one of his Baja adventures with an old-school GL Colombia Bag strapped to his roof rack…

GL Colombia Bag on a Baja Surf Adventure“I use the Colombia Bag on all my Baja trips – keeps my wetsuits dry and clean on the roof on the way down. On the way home, wet, dirty, stinky wetsuits are bagged up until we get home for a proper cleaning. Thing is bulletproof.” — Mike Honsburger

So rad — thanks Mike!

 Go light. Go fast. Go far…

The Ultimate Loop on a KTM 500 EXC-F

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Overland, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Rider Aaron Steinmann spent three years biking around the world with GL gear on a KTM 500 EXC-F. One of our favorite websites Enduro 21 posted a great article about Aaron’s amazing journey…

“Pack light and keep it narrow to get through doorways. Doing a trip like this on a smaller bike means you have to think a bit more about the gear you are going to carry. I used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddleag to carry my gear in and one Tillamook Dry Bag. The Coyote Saddlebag has three dry bags inside. One had my tools, tubes, filters etc. Another had my cooking equipment and the third my minimal amount of clothing. In the top bag I had my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shoes and a few other things. I have two pouches also made by Giant Loop attached to the Coyote Saddlebag and they are a perfect size to fit the Motorex one-litre oil bottles. I also kept a few tools in there so I could tighten my chain or the odd bolt if it came loose without having to dig into my main bag.”Enduro 21

read the entire article here

For more about Aaron’s fantastic adventure go to his Instagram page at @braaping_kiwi

 Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Unconventional But Effective on a KTM

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Photos, Reviews, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Check out these amazing photos from a customer riding a KTM 500 EXC Six Days Edition with an unconventional, but effective Giant Loop luggage set up. He’s strapped two Tillamook Dry Bags to his luggage racks and running a Fandango Tank Bag on top as well…

“Hi, Giant Loop Team! Here are some pictures. Mostly India, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Egypt and all the way down to South Africa. I’m still on the road. You got a great product!” — Frank Neikes 

He’s put a lot of miles on this improvised set-up, and apparently loves it. Excellent Frank, thanks for the photos!

Go light. Go fast. Go far…

Tackling the Great Pacific Divide, Canada to Mexico

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, BMW, Dry Bags, Dualsport, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, travel, Video

Awesome video from Backcountry Adventure Motorsports!  These guys have their BMW F800GS and Honda Africa Twin with Round The World Panniers, Pannier Mounts, Fandango Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

“In August 2019 we did the Great Pacific Divide ride based off the maps from GPS Kevins Website. did the trip in just over twelve days, but could have taken more time. This was an amazing trip. These trip is broken down into episodes makes sure to check them out in order for the best story. Thanks for watching!”Backcountry Adventure Motorsports

Nice ride!

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Touring New Zealand with Giant Loop

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Photos, Reviews, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

An exciting message from Giant Loop Ambassador Aaron Steinmann…

Giant Loop in New Zealand“Three and a half years, 134,000K and 50 countries later my bike finally got cleared by New Zealand customs and is back on home soil. Tomorrow I’ll head north from Auckland towards Cape Reinga and start a top to bottom of New Zealand which is how I started all this sillyness. A quick thanks to MotoZ for supporting me with another set of tires, and to Giant Loop who has always sent me whatever I might need of theirs anywhere in the world.” — Aaron Steinmann (February 1, 2020)

Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far!

Support Backcountry Discovery Routes

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, ATV, Blog, Deals, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, News

Giant Loop supports the nonprofit Backcountry Discovery Routes organization, which provides free GPS tracks for dual sport and adventure rides in some of the most beautiful parts of the USA…

Support Backcountry Discovery RoutesContributors who donate at the BRONZE SUPPORTER ($100) level receive a coupon code for 10% off Giant Loop gear. SILVER FRIEND ($250) supporters receive a 15% discount. And GOLD BENEFACTOR ($500) donors get 20% off. 

Please support this community effort, and enjoy a discount on Giant Loop gear for all of your adventures! 

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Revelstoke Tunnel Bag on a BMW G310GS

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, BMW, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Panniers, Photos, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel, Uncategorized

Recent message from a customer who’s out there getting it done on his BMW G310GS with Revelstoke Tunnel Bags

Revelstoke Tunnel Bag on a BMW G310GS

“I have included a pic of my 2019 BMW G310 with the Giant Loop product. As you can see I am a big fan of Giant LoopRevelstoke Tunnel Bag, Rouge Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch, Zigzag Bag on my crash bar. Next will be a Coyote Saddle Bag for multiple day adventures. These small displacement adventure bikes can’t take the added weight of hard boxes and pannier racks. Giant Loop has the answer. I will be buying more Giant Loop products for my adventures next year as well. Thanks!” – Brent Lundevall

Right on Brent!

Giant Loop Bags on the Rally Raid CB500X

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Enduro, Events, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, News, Overland, Photos, Rally Raid Products, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, Video

Video from our friends at YouTube channel Blacolirio.  Featuring Giant Loop Bags on the Rally Raid CB500X Adventure Bike

“All part of our 11 day 3,000 mile CB500 Expo Ride to the Overland Expo 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ.”

Special guest appearance by Jenny Morgan and her comprehensive under the seat trail side tool selection!

MoJavi Bags on the Tour of Idaho

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Reviews, trail bike, travel

For the most grueling challenges, riders like Jeff Jensen turn to Giant Loop… 

Jeff successfully completed the “Tour of Idaho” solo!

“This year I used MoJavi Bags for a short trip in Southeast Oregon and then for a few additional days in the North Rim country before my full ten days of the TOI.”

“A navigation error put me on the old abandoned trail down an avalanche path. I spent over seven hours getting myself out of that and then resumed the tour, still having 75 miles to go.”

“The final Challenge Point on the tour – Sundance Lookout.”

Congrats Jeff on finishing the legendary Tour of Idaho

DEALERS: Display Bikes Key to Selling Giant Loop

By | Dealers, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Photos, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags

We tell our dealers all the time that the single most effective sales tool is to set up a bike with Giant Loop gear, stuffed full to show the shape and volume. It’s a simple thing to do, and all of our top selling dealers do it. So, it’s gratifying to get this kind of feedback from Jackson, a manger at our Australian importer, Adventure Moto:

We finally got a bike setup in our Brisbane store with some of Giant Loop’s products on board. Coyote Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fender/Number Plate Bag. We’ve had it setup for two days, and we have sold a Coyote, Diablo and Tillamook from it.

Having products displayed on the bike has helped greatly. I’m fitting the new Tail Rack on the bike this weekend.

Keep up the good work mate. Lovin’ your products.

Cheers,
Jackson Manteit
Brisbane Warehouse Manager, Adventure Moto Australia

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Honda Africa Twin Display Bike at Vancouver Motorcycle Show

By | Adventure Touring, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Panniers, Tank Bags, Video

Quick overview of the Honda Africa Twin display bike (provided by our friends and dealer in Canada www.DirtRacks.com) in our booth at the 2019 Vancouver Motorcycle Show. Engine guards and luggage rack by DirtRacks.com. Giant Loop gear onboard: Possibles Pouches on engine guards, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, rack-mounted MotoTrekk Panniers, Columbia Dry Bag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack.

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2019 Vancouver Motorcycle Show. Giant Loop is invading Canada January 18th-20th

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, 4x4, Beta, Blog, BMW, Camping, Dry Bags, Events, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Overland, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, SxS, Timbersled

https://www.motorcycleshows.ca/   Year-in and Year-out, Canada is our fastest growing market in the world. Giant Loop is making a short drive across the border with product and bikes to display at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show on January 18th-20th. You will find us in Booth 132 directly through the main entrance and across from Honda. Our booth may be small but it will be mighty! We will be teaching Giant Loop 101 all weekend and will have product available for sale. Stop by and talk to the one and only Harold of Giant Loop and Celebrate 10 years with us.

Giant Loop Decade of Adventure t-shirt

GL Riders Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris) featured in UK’s BIKE Magazine

By | Adventure Touring, BMW, Camping, Dry Bags, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Overland, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags, travel
Two Wheeled Nomad in BIKE magazine

Two Wheeled Nomad in BIKE magazine

GL Riders Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris) traveled The Americas for four years on their motorcycles, the past year-plus with Giant Loop gear after they realized that lighter and simpler is truly better! Here’s their photo essay featured in BIKE (UK) magazine’s latest January 2019 issue.

Two Wheeled Nomad in BIKE magazine

Camping on Bonneville Salt Flats – photos by Jason Spafford, text by Lisa Morris (aka Two Wheeled Nomad)

Two Wheeled Nomad’s Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing System on Suzuki DR650 and BMW F800GS:

Great Basin Saddlebags – nearly 70 liters of waterproof, ultra tough, lightweight, stable storage, no luggage racks or mounts required

Possibles Pouches – external waterproof pockets for Saddlebags and engine guards

Tillamook Dry Bags – double-end access waterproof gear storage with integrated anchor strap system, backpack shoulder straps

Fandango Pro Tank Bag – waterproof, slim, trim, 8-liter bag with electronics pass-through, clear map pocket, quick fuel access

Lisa Spafford soak in the experience while Jason Spafford documents it on film

Lisa Spafford soak in the experience while Jason Spafford documents it on film

Giant Loop Riders the Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris)

Giant Loop Riders the Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris)

 

Video: Giant Loop Snow Waterproof Tunnel Bags & Gear Anchor System for Snowmobiles & Snow Bikes

By | Arctic Cat, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Polaris, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, Straps, Tech Tips, Timbersled, Video

Here’s a quick look at the most complete fender-to-fender gear system designed for snow bikes – like Timbersled, Yeti Snow MX, Camso and MotoTraxx. Giant Loop’s waterproof Torngat Tunnel Bag for snowmobiles and snow bikes includes a integrated anchor straps, stainless steel mounts and hardware – a complete gear packing solution for winter adventure. Lightweight, super rugged and stable for hard on- and off-piste riding, Joshua Cole, guide and owner at North Cascades Mountain Guides wrote in Off-Piste magazine that “. . . the Giant Loop system is the slickest, cleanest and simplest plug and play system I’ve found for carrying gear on my snowmobile.”

Check out Giant Loop Snow’s gear for snow bikes, snowmobiles and winter backcountry adventure!

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Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara

By | Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Video, Yamaha

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara

Dual sport enthusiasts, Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle created this fantastic video of their recent trip on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on their Yamaha WR 250Rs.  The couple has ridden with Giant Loop gear in destinations around North and South America, choosing the Great Basin Saddlebags to carry most of their gear. The Great Basin handily carries all one could need for multi-day journeys. You’ll also see the Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag , Tillamook Dry bag and various other GL accessories used on this trip.

These two are exactly who we thought of when we started creating this gear. They live for the ride.

Check out photos and posts on their website, www.motolara.com. Go Light, go fast, go far!

 

Video: Giant Loop Snow Fender Bag & Number Plate Bag for Snowbikes – Timbersled, Camso, etc.

By | Arctic Cat, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Polaris, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, stocking stuffers, Tech Tips, Timbersled

Gear up for winter adventure with complete snow bike solutions from Giant Loop Snow!

UPDATED FOR 2017! The NEW roll top Giant Loop Fender Bag / Number Plate Bag for snow bikes – Timbersled, MotoTraxx, Yeti Snow MX, Camso – is now RF-welded, 100% waterproof, snow-proof and a roomy 3.5-liters in volume — enough capacity for tools, emergency supplies, snacks, spare gloves or anything else riders need to secure to the plastic fender of virtually any dirt bike plastic fender. Go light. Go fast. Go far.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 with Coyote Saddlebag and Rogue Dry Bag

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Customer Doug just rode his new a Kawasaki Versys 300 from Virginia to Oregon, and he’s so pleased with his Giant Loop packing system that he stopped by the GL ADV Shop in Bend this morning to show us his setup!

His entire trip has been on pavement, so he created a simple quick-release rear anchor strap to mount the Coyote Saddlebag in front of his top box. Secured to the Coyote Saddlebag with the compression straps, he’s added a Rogue Dry Bag. And the slim Diablo Pro Tank Bag is perfectly proportioned for this small but capable machine.

Thanks Doug for choosing Giant Loop for your coast-to-coast adventure!

 

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Giant Loop Pronghorn Strap Review in ADV Moto Magazine

By | bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews

Giant Loop Pronghorn Strap Review in ADV Moto Magazine

 

 

The Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps are featured in a review in the latest issue of ADV Moto Magazine.

ADV Moto Pronghorn Strap Review

ADV Moto Pronghorn Strap Review (shown here with a Columbia Dry Bag)

“Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps offer an alternative [strap] solution: stretchy, water/weatherproof, almost indestructible belts. They come in five sizes, and they’re handy for reliably lashing down all
kinds of items.”

Giant Loop carries Pronghorn Straps in 5 different lengths and 2 widths. Constructed of stretchy polyurethane and extra durable fasteners, they instill complete confidence with the solid purchase they have on your gear. The smaller width straps fit perfectly through the daisy chain loops on a variety of our products including Possibles Pouches, Siskiyou Panniers and Mojave Saddlebags. The large sizes are great for the Revelstoke Tunnel Bags and other waterproof dry bags in our line. These straps are something should live in your tank bag for emergency gear storage or replacement straps.

Bike Packing with the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag

By | bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear

Earlier this summer we met Denis, a bike packer from Quebec. Denis was on his way north from San Fransisco to the Arctic on a bicycle. When he approached our booth at the Bend Outside Games we noticed his precarious set up.

bike packing set up

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We decided Denis would benefit from a Revelstoke Tunnel Bag to help his packing system become, well, at least a little more streamlined.

He was able to fit most of things on his back rack into the Giant Loop 24L dry bag, making packing easier and riding safer, plus the rugged construction of the tunnel bag will withstand being outside day in and day out.

We wish him all the best on his voyage north and if you see him on the road say hello!

Giant Loop Torngat Tunnel Bag and Tracker Packer on the Grand Canyon

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, paddlesports, Photos

Giant Loop Torngat Tunnel Bag and Tracker Packer on the Grand Canyon

“This spring I had the good fortune to spend 20 days in the Grand Canyon, rafting the Colorado River. On an expedition of that length in addition to ensuring you don’t run out of beer(we didn’t) or whiskey (we did), you want your gear to be durable and reliable.

I chose to take a Torngat Dry Bag as my smaller, accessible day bag. I kept all my extra clothing, drysuit, sun protection and snacks in it and the split interior helped me to organize and locate things easily. The multiple lash-down points on the exterior of the bag made it a favorite of the riggers – it was easy to get a good, solid cinch on the bag to ensure it stayed in the boat in even the gnarliest rapids. I also loved the reflective stripping on the bag which made it easy to locate (or not trip over) in the dark.

Morning rigging with the Torngat Tunnel bag at Nankoweap

Torngat Tunnel bag in the Grand Canyon

In addition to the Torngat I also took an assortment of saddlebag dry pods that that kept all my gear within my huge drybag sorted. The pods were great on the sandy and wet beach camps once the daily gear explosion happened when we got into camp.

Giant Loop Torngat bag at Nankoweap

Giant Loop Torngat bag at Nankoweap

Tracker Packer and PFD

Tracker Packer and PFD

Finally we took a Gen3 Spot and Tracker Packer  – mainly to check in daily with family especially my Google Earth-obsessed father but also as a back up to the satellite phone that was required by parks service.”

 

–Ingrid, Giant Loop Retail and Marketing Manager

Tracker Packer and Gen3 Spot on the Colorado River

Tracker Packer on the captain.

Tracker Packer and Gen3 Spot on the Colorado River

Tracker Packer and Gen3 Spot on the Colorado River

Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

By | Blog, Dry Bags, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

Giant Loop recently received this question on a popular adventure motorcycle forum:

“I would like a clarification regarding the Coyote Saddlebag. The old style with the zipper closure was not 100% waterproof because of the zipper (at least this is my understand from what i have read). The new roll top style, is it 100% waterproof? In case I skip the dry pods in the one with the roll top closure will the containing things remain dry? I understand the dry pods are used for sorting and storing purposes, but i am really seeking a waterproof solution.”

Let me clarify – and please feel free to share this info! First, to answer your specific questions:

This icon is Giant Loop's guarantee that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

This icon is Giant Loop’s assurance that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

The Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag are sewn products, constructed with military-spec thread and waterproof material reinforced with ballistic nylon. Their outer shells are HIGHLY water resistant, and to make them truly 100% waterproof they include a set of 3 RF-welded Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top and Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top outer shells are even more highly water resistant, because they are constructed with fewer seams. The Dry Pods are lightweight and don’t take up much space, so we would recommend storing them inside the Saddlebag even if you’re riding in dry conditions and don’t need them – then you’ll have them for deep water crossings, storms, etc. They can also be filled with ice and used as beverage coolers at camp, they’re handy shopping bags to carry food to camp, etc.

Now, there are multiple design approaches to achieve waterproofing in textile products, so  please allow me to geek out a bit here. I want to answer not only your question but also share some information motorcycle riders should understand about Giant Loop — and other gear and apparel.

Before I started Giant Loop in 2008, I used to be a gear reviewer for a national adventure travel magazine, so I despise inaccurate and exaggerated marketing claims. And I do crazy things like taking all of Giant Loop’s products to the city swimming pool to test them myself in a controlled environment. GL’s product designer is a through-hiker and international motorcycle traveler who has lived for months at a time in the outdoors, so he knows his game.

Sewn products made by any manufacturer are not 100% waterproof because needle holes can allow moisture to penetrate the seams. Riders who get water inside their luggage usually neglect to take bags off their bikes when they leave them parked in a heavy rain, allowing water to pool and slowly seep through a seam. In normal riding conditions water doesn’t usually collect and pool.

And there’s really no such thing as a 100% waterproof zipper except for the kind used on scuba dry suits – they are too costly and fragile to be a practical solution for motorcycling. On our zippered bags, the zipper itself is virtually never the point of entry for water unless the zippers aren’t closed or the storm flap isn’t rolled down over the zipper.

Our design philosophy is to build super rugged, tough, highly water resistant outer shells and protect the more fragile RF-welded (no needle holes, fabrics bonded together using heat) and seam-sealed (needle holes covered with waterproof tape) waterproofing components inside this shell.

So while a crash or cactus spine may poke a hole in the outer shell, all of the gear inside the Dry Pods included with our packing systems remains organized and well protected inside.

Because the outer shells on Giant Loop’s adventure proof gear are so highly water resistant, keeping contents dry inside can even be as simple as using a zip-lock or trash bag. Instead, Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers and Round The World Panniers all include RF-welded or seam sealed waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

And we offer many 100% waterproof RF-welded products as part of Giant Loop’s modular, customizable, adventure proof packing system: Columbia Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Possibles Pouch, GL Fender Bag — and the new MotoTrekk Panniers.

There’s also a lack of objective standards and transparency around claims of “waterproof.” Waterproof spans a range in practical reality, which is why there’s actually an international set of standards and ratings for waterproofing: the IP Code.

Submersible standards (IPX7 and higher) are critical for boating, diving, snorkeling, etc. Our RF-welded (no needle holes from sewing) are submersible waterproof – I use them for rafting and paddleboarding. These Giant Loop products do not require inner liner Dry Pods to provide 100% waterproof protection.

But since motorcycles themselves are not submersible vehicles, sewn products achieve a level of waterproofing equivalent to spraying the products with high pressure water jets from all directions (IPX6). Water may penetrate the outer shell in extreme conditions, but the inner liner Dry Pods keep contents dry inside.

When Giant Loop labels a product as waterproof, that means a product is 100% waterproof (IPX6 or better) under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

When shopping for waterproof motorcycle soft luggage, waterproof apparel, etc., pay attention to construction details, so you can understand what a manufacturer is labeling waterproof, what degree of waterproofing is adequate for your application and how the waterproofing is achieved.

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop – and please keep the questions, comments, reviews, pics and videos coming our way!