Fifth Season set out to make the finest saddle bag in the land. Thick waxed canvas of the highest grade. Custom coated brass hardware. Insanely thick leather in all the places you need leather for durability. A bag to last decades, not years.
Made 10 at a time by Dave at Waxwing Bags in Vermont. He’s one of the best bag makers out there, and he cares deeply about the bags he sews. We’re honored to work with him.
Why so expensive? Each bag takes roughly 7 hours to make. Every single piece is US made. There is a boat load of nice custom coated brass hardware and leather on it. These bags are underpriced, compared to pretty much every other bag on the market. If we marked this up the way everyone else does, the bag would be at least $420. Consider it a bargain at $350. We make these bags, simply because we think it should exist. Not everything is about making money. Sometimes it's about seeing cool things being made by talented, passionate people.
Slate Blue and Rose canvas. Deep brown leather. Black trim and hardware.
Technical Features the Fifth Season Key Pa lacks:
Military developed plastic fabrics that delaminate.
DWR (PTFE/Teflon spray) coating to wash off into our waterways.
Plastic buckles to break after 3 rides.
Waterproof zippers that peel and jam.
Velcro to fill up with burrs.
This year’s hot color way.
Rough dimensions: 36cm wide, 26cm high, 22cm deep. About 52cm wide with the side pockets stuffed out.
26 liters of capacity. Aka a one person tent, a 3 season down sleeping bag, a Nemo Tensor Air Mattress and a 32oz Nalgene, plus some food, and a down sweater. That's not counting what you can strap to the outside, or over stuffing it and using the extendable top flap.
Mil Spec cotton trim. Super rare these days, and it took us ages to find. Everyone else uses a nylon or polyester trim, which does not age well and is not biodegradable.
Waxed cotton liner sleeve. More water resistant than a coated nylon, and it won't flake or delaminate.
Waxed cotton pull cord.
Custom cerakoted brass hardware.
Thick, re coatable, easily repairable waxed cotton shell.
Thick, ultra durable leather straps, bottom protector, tie down straps.
Is this bag similar to a Carradice? Yes! Is it similar to a Swift? Yes! The difference is in the details. The Key Pa's only plastics are in the thread. No plastic trim, liner, buckles. In a world filled with plastics that take between 400 and 1000 years to degrade, we wanted to bring out a bag that would last a long time, but not a millennium.
If you want the nicest bag currently made, we think this is it. No compromises. Super Tough. Elegant. Repairable. Functional. #waxedcottonwillsavetheworld