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Fifth Season Cache Sack



In Vermont, we have a fifth season, aka mud season. When the snow melts and the roads are covered in mud so thick that cars get suck and pulled into the surface of the road like quick sand. The fifth season is the hardest season. The wet and the cold seep into your psyche. When we designed our new line of bags, the mud season was going to be our measuring stick. Bags had to hold up to terrible riding conditions. We collaborated with our friend Scott, who is no stranger to the mud season. He made us these bags to our design specs. For a simple bag, it went thru a number of prototypes before we nailed it.

Good stuff sacks are oddly hard to come by. 99% are plastic of some sort. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they are usually way over or under built. Ultra light stuff sacks are sort of okay for jamming a bunch of clothes in, but they can’t take pokey bits, like bike tools, or Argus C3 cameras, or a rock collection. Further, no ultra light sack can be strapped on a bike and ridden through the woods. It’ll rip, snag, tear, and there will be much despair. Your 35 dollar high zoot 5 gram sack is in the trash, unless you repurpose it as a really sad sock puppet.

Heavy duty plasticy stuff sacks, naming no names, don’t age well, they’re hard to repair unless you use gorilla tape (works, looks terrible, eventually gets gummy, like the underside of a subway seat), and they look really horrible. Like you’ve strapped a pool toy on your bike.

Waxed cotton ages better than other bag materials. It’s durable. It’s rewaxable, so when it gets older than any plastic sack will ever get, you can rewax it and make it weatherproof again.

These bags are not submersible, for long, but they’re good for really muddy wet roads, rainy days, etc. Here in VT where these bags are designed, we have as much rain as Seattle, but harder winters and more mud. In Maine, where these bags are made, it’s even worse than Vermont, so you know if we ride with this stuff out here, it’ll probably work for you, where ever you live.

Designed to fit on a King Cage Manything cage, but you can use em in any similar giant bottle rack, or just use them as a normal stuff sack. No weird special loops or straps, these just go on with a pair of Voile straps (not included, we like the 25" ones for this size bag). They won’t bounce off, unless you don’t know how to tighten a strap.

Big enough to hold a down summer bag or a 1 person tent, or a down parka, some jazz pants and a pair of socks with a hole in the toe.

Roll top, roll it thricely for ultimate weatherproof-ness. Sewn in Maine on a treadle powered sewing machine outta US made canvas.