Hi PNW Tenere crew!
I’m going to write a review of Kyle’s Pathfinder tank bag in 3 segments. I’ll update it after I get it mounted on the bike and then again from the road as we head to the HU meeting in Yosemite Sept 25-28.
1st impressions: Well made, sturdy, lots of features. Click each photo to enlarge.
I received my tank bag from Kyle Bryant at Moto-Montana.com today and was happily surprised with how well made the tank bag is. Having seen custom bags made while traveling all over Asia, I can quickly tell what’s cheaply made. This ain’t! 1000D cordura and military spec webbing with quality stitching throughout. It’s obvious (to me anyway) that Kyle has spent some time in the military (he’s about to retire from the Army) because this tank bag is built to the same standards as equipment issued to the troops. There are lots of loops and Velcro strips sewn on the sides to secure extra pouches or decorate with patches. The big zipper pulls will be easy even in winter gloves.
The map pouch on top is huge and made so it can be folded in half but still Velcro’d in place so it won’t move. Inside the bag is a removable pouch for ID/wallet/phone that has a lanyard to be worn around your neck and tucked inside your jacket when off your bike.
Also inside is a removable/moveable divider to separate your stuff depending on what you will be carrying.
Knowing that 1000D Cordura is only water resistant and not waterproof, I’ll be boosting its water repellency with a good coating of Nikwax inside and out. That should keep the elements out for as long as I intend to ride in the rain. I’m not a fan of the 300-mile days in an all-day downpour, like our trip last October to The Dalles. (But that’s another story.)
I’ll update this review after the tank bag is treated and it gets installed on the bike this weekend.