Sizes: One size fits frames 52cm and larger
# of compartments: 2
Material: Dyneema Composite
How obtained: Company sample
RBR advertiser: No
Durable, Lightweight, and Ample Storage for Backpacking, Commuter, or Gravel Riding
Testing an ORUCASE product is a first for me. Until their rep reached out, I had never heard of the company. But I must say I’m impressed with the quality and design of their frame bag. First, a little about the company: per their website, they were founded in 2012 to make premium sustainable cycling gear developed to help people experience the world. The California-based company started with compact bike cases and have expanded to produce an assortment of bike gear.
Recently the company created Design Labs as an in-house group of outside-the-box thinking staff. This group looks at the world with a fresh pair of eyes and says hey, we can do this better.
Design Labs is where they create future products in small quantities and put them through rigorous testing. American made and produced, in limited runs. Each has its unique production number. Some of their Design Labs products will become mainstream production. Some won’t.
One of those Design Lab products is the Frame Pack. The fabric used is ideal for bikepacking because it’s lightweight and durable. Using a fabric made from flexible non-woven composite laminates reinforced with Dyneema fibers. According to the company, Dyneema Composite Fabric is 15 times stronger than steel and dramatically increases tear, puncture, and abrasion performance.
Installation was fast and easy, with three removable Velcro straps around the top tube. To avoid the bag swaying and hitting your knees while pedaling, two Camlock straps wrap around the downtube.
The large main compartment has the capacity to hold nutrition, a mini-pump, multi-tool, extra clothes, and virtually anything you don’t want in your jersey pockets. Unfortunately, there are no dividers or small pockets to keep things tidy. The compartment is accessible using a full-length zipper on the drive side. The large zipper pull is easy to grab while riding and with gloves.
There’s a second smaller compartment on the non-driveside with a magnetic closure. This is perfect for stowing a phone, and you can easily retrieve it for on-the-bike photos.
ORUCASE Design Labs Frame Pack’s high-quality design and durability is top-notch. I like that the bag never moved while cycling. If I’d change anything, it would be to put some pockets or movable dividers in the main compartment to keep items tidy. Also, add a light color lining to make it easier to see smaller things.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.