Restrap adds its smallest bag to date in the new Tool Pouch – a classic compact saddlebag, packing just enough space for your regular ride spares & tools. A tool, a tube, a CO2 inflator, some tire levers, and still a bit of room for a snack, the new 0.6L Restrap Tool Pouch is a just no-nonsense saddlebag. But it still retains the built-for-anything details you’d expect from bikepacking bag maker Restrap, and it’s entirely made in the UK at a pretty reasonable price.
We stuff it full to see how it stands up…
What do you really need out of an everyday saddle bag? Room for everyday tools & spares. Secure, but easy attachment under your saddle rails. Durable construction that will protect the things you carry, and stand up to the abuse of riding in foul weather. The new Restrap Tool Pouch does all of that, and it’s made in the UK from tough synthetic materials, and doesn’t cost an arm & a leg.
Restrap says their Tool Pouch is designed “for storing essential tools for on-the-go access, from short weekend rides to long lightweight trips with additional kit”.
Really it’s just a well-made saddlebag – a bit larger than usual – that can be an everyday bag for road, gravel, or mountain biking – with just enough adjustability that you can stuff something like an ultra-compact mini-pump inside too.
The Tool Pouch is made of rough & tough 1000D nylon, with a smoother slippery orange liner (in all color versions), and a single mesh internal organizer pocket. It also gets a thin layer of internal foam padding where the bag rests up against the back of your seatpost, plus around the bottom & sides to help protect whatever you pack inside.
A simple sewn-on velcro strap secures it under your saddle, with small reflective stitching for a tiny bit of extra visibility.
Review First Impressions
My first takeaway when loading this little bag up was just how much you could stuff inside. I packed mine up for gravel with the biggest Unior Euro 17 multi-tool in my toolbox, a pair of Unior tire levers, a Restrap Tire Boot Kit, a big Challenge latex tube, a CO2 & PRO inflator, and still had plenty of space for a salty Pizza bar care of Chimpanzee. It was mostly full, and still closed completely. You could pack less and cinch the main velcro flap down more, or stuff it even more.
Fully loaded it’s about 10cm wide x 7cm tall x 13cm long when fully closed (with a 5×8.5cm opening). But its 3D tapered shape can easily be extended by about 3cm, meaning you can easily fit in a tiny pump like the 14cm long Lezyne Pocket Drive road or HV mountain series. Either way, the simple velcro strap looping around the saddle rails means you can always get it secure.
The bag itself weighs just 75g, but feels pretty heavy-duty. I’ve not yet had much foul weather beyond riding through some stick mud and a few puddles so far, where it was almost entirely protected by my Ass Savers Win Wing fender (so much for abusive bag testing, sorry). It seems likely to keep its contents pretty well protected as the flap is wider than its opening, but it is obviously not an overly waterproofed design. So I wouldn’t pack anything likely to be damaged by water, and will empty the bag out to dry after especially wet rides.
All-in, the bright orange liner, small mesh pocket & big adjustable storage have made the Restrap Tool Pouch a solid saddle bag for off-road rides.
Restrap Tool Pouch – Pricing, options & availability
The new Tool Pouch is Restrap’s smallest bike bag, but it is still entirely handmade in the UK and backed by a lifetime warranty. The 0.6L saddlebag sells for $50 / £33 / 40€ and comes in three colors – black, olive green, or bright orange, all with an orange liner to help find small items inside.
Get yours today direct from Restrap or through a global network of retailer shops.