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Guy Kesteven's Take on the Alpkit Bilbie Bikepacking Bag

By Kenny Stocker

Alpkit Bilbie bikepacking bag. Discover why this UK-made storage solution is fast becoming a favourite among bike enthusiasts.

Known for his meticulous reviews and deep understanding of the biking world, Guy Kesteven has put Alpkit's Bilbie bikepacking bag under the microscope. Here's a detailed look at why he believes the Bilbie stands out as a compact marvel for bikepackers. With its UK-made pedigree and a lifetime guarantee, the Bilbie already starts on a promising note.

The Alpkit Bilbie is not just any bikepacking bag; it's a well-thought-out storage solution. Tucking away 1.5L of twin compartment storage efficiently, Kesteven appreciates how it nestles seamlessly into a bike's front triangle while still leaving room for bottles. The VX21 and Cordura spine construction, akin to the Fuel Pod, are a testament to the bag's durability.

Kesteven specifically points out the clever design of the red divider sheet that extends across the bag's base, offering an additional layer of protection. For those who frequently grapple with zips, especially in colder climates, the YKK Aquaguard weatherproof zips, running down both sides from sealing garages, are a godsend. The rubber reinforced pull tabs get a nod from Kesteven for their ease of operation, even with gloves on.

The bag's compartments have been designed with practicality in mind. Kesteven notes the ease with which flatter items can be placed in the smaller side pocket, leaving the main compartment for bulkier items – be it spare layers, pumps, or even, humorously, kebabs. The inclusion of a hidden gap for light- or recharging cables only enhances its utility.

For Kesteven, the Bilbie's size and shape are its crowning glory. Easily fitting onto most small frames and even full-suspension bikes, the bag is truly versatile. The ‘daisy chain’ loops, which allow users to thread the supplied Velcro straps through at any point, get special mention from Kesteven. According to him, this feature ensures the bag is not only stable but also inconspicuous.

In Kesteven's eyes, Alpkit Bilbie has become an instant favourite. Compact yet efficient, durable yet stylish, the Bilbie promises to be an excellent companion for bikepackers. Its UK-made label and lifetime guarantee further accentuate its appeal, making it a strong contender in the bikepacking realm.

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