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Offline Jackson4

Epic Design or Carousel Design Works Bags
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:14:14 pm »
Anyone out there using these for touring? Wondering how they hold up and if they are capable of carrying enough for longer trips?

Offline MTBMaven

Re: Epic Design or Carousel Design Works Bags
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 10:41:23 am »
I have a few items from Jeff at Carousel Design Works.  The craftsmanship is excellent.  I have not seen anything from Epic Designs personally.  Jeff was a really great guy to work with. I would call both and talk about what you are looking for.  See which one can deliver the product on the timeline you need.  Hope this helps.
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Offline Moondoggy

Re: Epic Design or Carousel Design Works Bags
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 05:39:17 pm »
They are both highly regarded in the Bikepacking world. I`ve herd that Carousel has had some delivery issues. I think it depends on the time of year. It seems they`re both a one man show with Custom and quality as they bussiness model

Offline chistopher

Re: Epic Design or Carousel Design Works Bags
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 08:44:03 pm »
I have a Carousel saddle pack that I purchased last spring and so far have been very impressed with the durability.  I think it's a medium and I fit a camp stove, sleeping bag, tools and even some food inside the thing.  I wish I had ordered the handlebar bag as well but ended up holding off.  Just be sure to order it well ahead of time so you get in the queue and ensure it arrives in time for your trip.  Jeff was very up front about the lead time and delivery, so I wouldn't say I experienced any delivery issues.  Then again, being a one man show, I suppose it could happen in an unexpected situation so I'd be prepared if timing is tight. 

These bags really benefit on the rough terrain where racks would take a beating.  They are designed to be lightweight, durable, and to hold that absolute minimum amount of gear that you'd need in the backcountry.   The other thing is they are pretty low profile, so it's nicer than a rack/pannier setup when shouldering a bike through a spot that isn't ride-able. 

For road touring, I'm sure they would work, but you probably sacrifice some of the organization/space benefits that you get from a traditional rack and pannier setup.  A bar bag would probably make a nice complement to an already existing rack setup though.