What’s in the box?
1 x 30L Andy Strapz A Bagz with attached universal fitment system.
1 x Loopz Strap to ensure a perfect fit to your bike.
“It’s not rocket science — I wanted a low-profile weatherproof seat bag that didn’t require a frame, strapped to the bike with its own straps and wasn’t wider than my handlebars.” — Andy
I didn't want one of those big leaky bags perched on a hunk of scaffolding on the back of my bike. They’re ugly and they hang so far back and high that they stuff up the bike’s handling.
The A Bagz evolved from the concepts of the Piggyback and Smart Strapz. The idea was to have a snug, low-profile bag that could strap to anything, one that didn’t need to be sold with the bike or require any hardware for fitment. It had to have a readily accessible area to stow wet-weather gear or a jacket liner, and it needed to be as weatherproof as I could make it while keeping the cost down.
A Bagz were born. And apart from small but deliberate improvements over the years, the bag you can buy today doesn’t vary much from the first one I made in my lounge over a decade ago.
Hand sewn from a single piece of durable Cordura fabric in our Melbourne-based factory, the latest-generation design achieves everything I set out to do.
Designed with both you and the weather in mind, the bag attaches to your bike with the zippered compartments facing the rear. Not only does this make it easy to get in and out of, but it also means the bag has its back to the elements. All three pockets (1x main & 2x side) are angled away from the weather and open so you can easily see and locate what’s inside. No more fishing around a black hole, eyes skyward, hoping to feel the item you are looking for.
A storm flap, with extra fabric at the edges, covers the body and main zipper and it does most of the heavy lifting in terms of weatherproofing. Beneath the storm flap is a stretch cargo net which allows you to quickly stow wet-weather gear or a liner, using the compression-style strap system. Two sets of D-rings means you have the choice of using the bag in compression mode if it’s chockers, or like an accessible soft top box if it’s not. The four internal nylon rods means the bag is self supporting and won’t sag if it’s not full.
I am often asked if the A Bagz is waterproof. The short answer is no, but It is very very water resistant. Waterproof bags are fiddly by nature. Plastic covers are useless; they flap, hinder access, fly away, wrap around hot exhausts and I’ve polished too much burnt nylon off my pipes over the years to include one in this design.
The best thing is to use dry bags inside your A Bagz for an efficient and easy-to-live with bag because you might ride in the rain 10 times a year, but on the road you’ll be in and out of the bag 10 times a day.
The inside seams have been finished with cloth tape which, unlike plastic seam tapes used these days, won’t crack over time. It also ensures every seam is double stitched. On the outside, the seams are reinforced with Australian-made vinyl piping.
The webbing is also sourced locally and is heavily reinforced wherever it attaches to the bag. The rear-facing webbing has just received the SS update, too. Very technically, this means… Shiny Stuff. Two thin reflective tapes are woven through the webbing and, because it’s included into the weave, the Shiny Stuff is visible from all sorts of angles at night, and remains discreet during the day.
High-quality locally-sourced products and lots of thought has gone into the A Bagz and it shows when you have a close look at the construction methods we use. These bags have done hundreds of thousands of kilometres in service over the last decade or more and the fitting system is reliable and proven.
Bottom line..... If you love the traditional oilskin look go for it! That's the only reason to choose it to be honest.
It's tough but not as tough as Cordura. All Adventure Riders should be using Cordura as it's a fabric designed to resist abrasion, that's why it is used extensively in motorcyclist's clothing.
Fortress Oilskin has a waterproofing polymer permanantly embedded in the fabric rather that the old style of having it spread on top. It never needs re-proofing.
Cordura has a polyurethane membrane bonded to the back and a water repellant treatment on the surface.
No fabric is more waterproof than the other.
I've had my A Bag for over 12 years now, it has been on 3 bikes and travelled thousands of km in rain, hail and sunshine on sealed roads, dusty roads and slippery roads. Never once has it let me down and never once has even a drop of water or a spec of dust entered. Generally on a trip I have a camera bag with expensive camera bodies and lenses inside the A Bag so I need something that is reliable and practical and easy to access and the A Bag ticks every box. My other duffel bag with its roll top closure is a pain in comparison and rarely used when I have a camera on board. Recently my A Bag has become a commuter bag as well. Although it is a tight squeeze to get my laptop bag through the opening once inside it sits there with spare shoes and other stuff for the office and I'm far happier with gear on the seat behind me than on my back like many motorcycle commuters. Don't believe the stated volume of these things this is the Tardis of motorcycle bags.
Hi Andy. Got to use the oilskin A bag yesterday in torrential rain. How awesome is that bag. I must admit it when I first got it, I had a few concerns. The fabric did not have the oilskin appearance I was expecting but after putting on a coat of the Driza-bone oilskin reproofer wax it gave the traditional oilskin look and protection I wanted. I was also initially sceptical that the bag would not strap down on the bike but that was because I had nothing in the bag. After using it yesterday I am completely sold on it and wished I had bought one years ago. It is obvious a lot of thought has gone into the design of the bag. I like how it strapped on effortlessly straight onto the seat of my sportster without a rack. It did not move around at all. I also like how the wet weather gear is really accessible. It just works conveniently. Easy to get to the pockets and having built in straps secured to the bag which can be stored away is genius. Love it. Cheers Paul
G'day Andy, We've been busy beating the crap out of your kit for the past 7 month and have to say that your stuff is not just tough it's AFRICA tough! So much stuff has failed to take the abuse over here but your A Bagz, Expedition Pannierz and Avduro Pannierz have been holding it all together from the bottom of Africa now to the top!