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Complete List of Cargo Cages and “Anything Bags” for Bikepacking and Touring

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The Anything Cage was born from the need to carry more water or gear while still retaining a relatively lightweight bikepacking setup. These days, there’s a growing list of cargo cages, bottle-boss gear loading systems, rack-free eyelet mounted bags, and Anything Cage accessory sacks. In this Gear Index, we present our complete list of options for those occasions when you need a large cargo cage for extra water capacity or a fork-mounted bag to store additional gear.

Back in 2010, Salsa Cycles released the original Anything Cage, an oversized, open-sided cage made from lightweight aluminum tubing. The idea of an oversized cage wasn’t completely new, but Salsa’s concept was pretty groundbreaking. With the intention of stowing items that are significantly larger than a standard water bottle—almost anything—the Anything Cage gave birth to what we now refer to as cargo cages. Fast forward a few years, and other companies created similar cargo cages, bag-makers created packs designed for these cages, as well as bags that bypass the cage altogether and mount directly onto eyelets on fork legs and downtubes. Here’s our complete list of cargo cages, Anything bags, and other fork-mounted carriers.

  • Salsa Anything Bag Bikepacking Anything Cage HD
  • Andrew the Maker Many Thing Sack
  • Manything Cage Peanut Butter

Some bikepackers’ packing style demands a bit more gear than what can be crammed into a typical three-bag setup—a seat pack, frame bag, and handlebar roll. And some trips simply require more gear, extra water, or a lasting food supply, especially those in sub-freezing temps, water-starved landscapes, or on routes that offer little to no resupply opportunities. Using cargo cages or braze-on mounted bags to expand your packing capacity is a great solution for such expeditions, and it’s never a bad idea to pack all of your gear on the bike instead of on your back. Make sure to scroll down past the list to see some examples of how we pack cargo cages and fork-mounted bags.

The list includes all the Anything-style cargo cages, eyelet mounted bags, and rackless, fork-mounted carrier systems we could find. If you need to add eyelets or mounts to your bike’s fork or downtube, click here for our full guide and Gear Index on that topic. And, check out our full list of oversized and durable bottle cages for touring and bikepacking. As with other Gear Indexes, items with a hexagonal “T” icon have been tested and approved, and usually include more detail or a link to our review.

  • ATM Many Things Sack

    ATM Many Things Sack

    • Type: Cage Mount Bag
    • Made of: Cordura
    • Attachment: 3 eyelets (+ King Many Things cage)
    • Volume: 3.5-4.0L

    Andrew the Maker’s Many Things Sack is an elegant and relatively lightweight bag designed to mount on the King Cage Many Things Cage on the bike’s fork blade. As “nano panniers,” they don’t suffer from any adverse effect on steering that’s typically associated with traditional, larger bags. Their profile is far slimmer, too, making them better suited to threading through singletrack.

    Above all, the Many Things Sacks allow for easy access, making them an excellent option for those embarking on longer bike tours where practicality is often more important than counting grams. Just be sure to check that the current version of the Many Things Sack is compatible with your setup. Read our full review.

    • Weight: 220 grams (7.8 oz)
    • Price: $90
    • Place of Manufacture: Kansas, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cages

    Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cages

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Alloy
    • Attachment: 2 eyelets

    The Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage is one of just a couple oversized cargo cage we know of that bolts onto a single pair of standard bottle cage bosses. It also has three sets of mounting holes to fit different frames. The Outpost is constructed out of 6mm alloy tubes and can carry 4kgs/8.8lbs of gear. This is a cage that’s been around for a while now, used on a lot of rugged trips, and is considered to be pretty durable.

    • blackburn Outpost Cargo cages
    • blackburn Outpost Cargo cages
    • blackburn Outpost Cargo cages
    • Weight: 157 grams (5.5 oz)
    • Price: $25
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • King Cage Many Things Cage

    King Cage Many Things Cage

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Titanium
    • Attachment: 3 bosses

    The Many Things Cage was long anticipated before its release. After the first wave of Salsa Anything Cages had some issues in 2011, rumors of the Many Things Cage started circulating. According to Ron, the founder and owner of King Cage, their variation on an oversized cage required “more testing and tweaking,” so it took a while to perfect his design. Since then, several similar cages have hit the market, including the Anything Cage HD and Blackburn’s Cargo Cage. However, the all new Many Things is the only titanium option out at this point. And it’s a really good product. They’re simple and incredibly lightweight. We’ve put countless miles on ours, and highly recommend them.

    • Weight: 39 grams (1.4 oz)
    • Price: $55
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
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  • Outer Shell Pico Panniers

    Outer Shell Pico Panniers

    • Type: Fork Mount Bag
    • Made of: Cordera or X-pac
    • Attachment: 2 or 3 bosses (or straps)
    • Volume: 2L each

    Like other bags we’ve tested from Outer Shell, the Pico Panniers are based around a clever and unique design. The magic behind the Pico Panniers is that they allow you to add fork-mounted storage to any bike. This is made possible via two sets of external polycarbonate frames, one designed for forks with two or three bosses, and the other for forks without bosses, including suspension forks. The frame acts as both a rigid back for the Pico Pannier as well as a sturdy mounting option that eliminates movement when riding rough trails. Once the correct frame is installed, the Pico Pannier simply slides over top and secures around the frame and fork leg with a beefy strip of velcro. The bag has two compartments: an exterior pocket with a small buckle for quick access to tools or snacks, and the main compartment with a roll-top closure and a slide-release buckle.

    • Outer shell Pico Panniers
    • Outer shell Pico Panniers
    • Outer shell Pico Panniers

    The Pico Panniers are incredibly stable, and slender enough to handle singletrack riding. They’re well built, great looking, and work as intended. We found the Pico Panniers worked best when packed snuggly with relatively soft contents, like extra layers, a sleeping pad, or some food.

    Weight shown is per pannier.

    • Weight: 329 grams (11.6 oz)
    • Price: $180 (per pair)
    • Place of Manufacture: CA, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Oveja Negra Bootlegger

    Oveja Negra Bootlegger

    • Type: Fork Mount Bag
    • Made of: X-pac or Cordura/Aluminum
    • Attachment: 3-pack bosses
    • Volume: 2L each

    The Oveja Negra Bootlegger is a well-crafted roll-top bag that attaches to the fork. The Bootlegger is built around an internal lightweight aluminum alloy frame that bolts directly to standard three-pack water bottle fork mounts. The body of the bag is made up of three layers: an outer layer of X-Pac or Cordura, a lightweight foam padding insert, and a bright colored interior nylon fabric. There is also an additional layer of Hypalon where the alloy frame is sandwiched in place. The cylindrical interior fits a 32 oz Nalgene bottle, a 40 oz wide Klean Kanteen, or an assortment of gear (two liters worth, to be exact). The bag also features urethane-coated webbing for increased durability, a reflective logo, and includes stainless steel washers for a secure installation. Having put these things through the wringer on the Baja Divide and Arrowhead 135, we can certainly vouch for their durability.

    • Oveja Negra Bootlegger
    • Oveja Negra Bootlegger, fork mount bag
    • Oveja Negra Bootlegger, fork mount bag
    • Weight: 170 grams (6 oz)
    • Price: $75
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
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  • Randi Jo Fabrications Big M.U.T.

    Randi Jo Fabrications Big M.U.T.

    • Type: Anything Bag
    • Made of: Waxed Canvas
    • Attachment: Anything cage
    • Volume: 5L each

    As the name suggests, the Big M.U.T. is a larger version of the Multi Use Tote. It’s designed for use with Salsa’s Anything Cage or Blackburn’s Outpost Cage. In keeping with all of Randi Jo’s lovingly crafted gear, the Big M.U.T. is made out of waxed canvas, supplemented with a lightly padded liner to give it some shape, and a roll-top buckle closure. Proportion wise, the Big M.U.T. is 14″ (35.5cm) tall when opened, 4.75″ (12cm) wide, and 3.75″ (9.5cm) deep. Two generously long velcro straps feed through the cage and wrap securely round the fork blades, the height of which can be adjusted via daisy chain webbing. Although waxed cotton isn’t 100% waterproof, it’s resistant enough to keep all but the heaviest of downpours at bay. It’s also an extremely durable material, and easily repaired should you and your bike take a spill.

    • Price: $55
    • Place of Manufacture: Oregon, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Revelate Designs Polecat

    Revelate Designs Polecat

    • Type: Cargo Cage bag
    • Made of: 210 Denier Ripstop Nylon
    • Attachment: Requires Cargo Cage
    • Volume: 3.5L

    Revelate Designs’ Polecat is a waterproof drybag designed specifically to work with a fork mounted cargo cage. It’s made out of radio-frequency welded 210 Denier Ripstop Nylon that’s double side laminated with TPU. It’s one of the lightest “Anything-style bags” available and significantly lighter than the Salsa Anything bag. The base of the bag has a contoured low profile which eliminates a high wear spot at the outer edge. The back of the bag is reinforced with urethane Hypalon to protect it from bolt heads and abrasion from the cage. A reinforced base and outer edges also help protect it from abrasion common during long distance touring and bikepacking. The Polecat also features a urethane coated daisy chain to loop webbing straps, or as shown, Voile straps. We’ve only lightly used the Polecat on a week-long trip in Ethiopia, but so far so good.

    The Polecat fits fork mounted racks like the King Cage Many Things Cage, Salsa Anything Cage, Blackburn Outpost.

    • Revelate Polecat, anything cage bag
    • Revelate Polecat, anything cage bag
    • Revelate Polecat, anything cage bag
    • Weight: 105 grams (3.7 oz)
    • Price: $42
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • Salsa Anything Bag

    Salsa Anything Bag

    • Type: Anything Bag
    • Made of: 500 Denier tarpaulin
    • Attachment: Anything Cage
    • Volume: 4.5L each

    With the release of the Anything Cage HD, Salsa debuted the Anything Bag, a roll-top bag constructed from a burly, waterproof, 500 Denier tarpaulin fabric with radio-frequency welded seams. It has 4.5L of internal capacity that sits on a flat bottom, which allows the bag to stand upright when off the bike. The Anything Bag measures 5” in diameter by 14” tall at max height and is sized to interface perfectly with both of models of the Anything cage. It fits snugly in the HD cage and the daisy chains are inline with the strap channels placed near the top and bottom bolt mounts. After years of abuse, we can make the claim that the Anything Bag is certainly durable.

    • Salsa Anything Bag Bikepacking Anything Cage HD
    • Salsa Anything Bag Bikepacking
    • Salsa Anything Cage HD
    • Weight: 148 grams (5.2 oz)
    • Price: $32
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • Salsa Anything Cage (v2)

    Salsa Anything Cage (v2)

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Aluminum
    • Attachment: 3 bosses/bolts

    We broke two of the original Anything Cages while riding in Africa. One we had welded in Lesotho and it broke again. Shortly thereafter, it was discontinued. Fast forward a couple years, and Salsa released the V2. It’s pretty tough, and at 143g it’s no slouch in the weight department. Although it has a nearly identical rail design and shape as the original, the tubing is welded to a solid plate. The Anything Cage boasts a 6.6 lb (3 kg) limit, which is more than adequate for carrying a sleeping pad, rain gear, Vargo BOT cook kit, 64oz klean Kanteen, or whatever other cylindrical object you decide to lash onto it.

    • Salsa Anything Cage - v2
    • Salsa Anything Cage - v2 - Sea to Summit Bag
    • Salsa Anything Cage - v2 - with titanium pot
    • Weight: 143 grams (5 oz)
    • Price: $30
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • Salsa Anything Cage HD

    Salsa Anything Cage HD

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Injection Molded Plastic
    • Attachment: 3 bosses/bolts

    Like the original Anything Cage, the HD (Heavy Duty) version was designed to be mounted on Salsa’s Three Pack Bosses three-hole mount configuration on forks like those found on the Fargo, Mukluk, as well as several Surly bikes. The HD is made from a hefty chunk of injection molded impact resistant nylon. After countless miles in Africa, South America, and beyond, the Salsa Anything Cage HD has proven generally reliable and crashproof. Its shallow, elliptical design means less exposure to trailside foliage and rocks. On the back of the cage, the channel that contacts the tubing has rounded edges and feels extremely solid when bolted to the fork. The cage weighs 149 grams and has a 6.6 lb (3 kg) cargo limit. It also includes two Salsa straps. The strap channels are designed to route the straps through the cage and around the tubing to provide additional leverage.

    • Salsa Anything Cage HD
    • Salsa Anything Cage HD
    • Salsa Anything Cage HD
    • Weight: 149 grams (5.3 oz)
    • Price: $35
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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  • Wanderlust Monida Insulated bag

    Wanderlust Monida Insulated bag

    • Type: Cargo Cage Bag
    • Made of: Cordura, foam, etc
    • Attachment: Requires Cargo Cage

    The Wanderlust Monida is the first bikepacking-specific insulated bag on the market, as far as we know. You’d expect this bag to have been designed from a company based somewhere like Alaska, so it might be surprising to find out that Austin, TX-based Wanderlust Gear USA filled the need. Our one small complaint with the bag lies in its lack of water resistance. While it is designed as a water bottle tote where being waterproof isn’t at all necessary, it is also advertised as a cargo carrier. This gripe withstanding, the Monida is an excellent option for a host of cycling exploits. Whether it’s being used on long expeditions, winter explorations, or even just a casual day out, the Monida is an adaptable piece of kit. The Monida can be an insulated drink tote, a dedicated cargo hauler, or an oversized feedbag. And like all of Wanderlust’s gear, the Monida is built in the USA.

    • Weight: 220 grams (7.8 oz)
    • Price: $60
    • Place of Manufacture: Texas, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Apidura Expedition Fork Pack

    Apidura Expedition Fork Pack

    • Type: Anything Cage bag
    • Made of: Three-layer laminate / Hypalon
    • Attachment: Requires Cargo Cage
    • Volume: 4.5L

    Designed to work with the Salsa Anything Cage or King Cage’s Many Things Cage, the Apidura expedition Fork Pack has a waterproof construction and tapered profile. This design along with a realistic volume make for a clean and less bulky option that will likely surpass lashing a standard dry bag onto your fork. Of course, this comes at a price, and it’s too early to know if they’re worth the investment or not. Overall, the shape is nice, the size seems right, and it has the signature Apidura touches that some folks just can’t enough of. We’ll be sure to update our first look report after some more serious riding this spring.

    • Weight: 120 grams (4.2 oz)
    • Price: $56
    • Place of Manufacture: China
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Bike Bag Dude Anything Cage Bags

    Bike Bag Dude Anything Cage Bags

    • Type: Anything Cage bag
    • Made of: X-pac, webbing, etc.
    • Attachment: Requires Cargo Cage

    Australia’s Bike Bag Dude also offers custom made Anything Cage Bags designed to fit perfectly into Salsa Anything Cages. Each bag has a diameter of 14cm with a roll down drybag closure which BBD claims to make them as “waterproof as you can get.”

    • Price: $90AUD
    • Place of Manufacture: Australia
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Cleaveland Mountaineering Everything Bag

    Cleaveland Mountaineering Everything Bag

    • Type: Eyelet Mounted Bag
    • Made of: VX42/plastic/aluminum
    • Attachment: 3 bosses/bolts
    • Volume: 3-5L

    The Everything Bag is another option to carry water bottles, stuff sacks, sleeping pads, fuel bottles, and so forth. Like the Anything Cage, the Everything Bag’s harness is designed to attach to the Salsa/Surly three-bolt system. The soft harness comes ready to mount with an internal mounting plate, three bolts, and three washers. Also included is a machined alloy mount for those without eyelets. weight shown is without alloy mounting bracket (total weight is 339g).

    • Cleaveland Everything Bag
    • Cleaveland Everything Bag
    • Cleaveland Everything Bag

    Cleaveland Everything Bag

    • Weight: 279 grams (9.8 oz)
    • Price: $80
    • Place of Manufacture: Colorado, USA
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • DOM Gorilla Cage, Clip and Bag

    DOM Gorilla Cage, Clip and Bag

    • Type: Cargo Cage and Bag
    • Made of: Plastic/Velcro
    • Attachment: Zip ties/custom mount
    • Volume: 5.5L

    The Gorilla Cage system comes in three parts: the mount (Gorilla Clip), cage, and bag. The three work seamlessly to create a sturdy, fork-mounted storage system. The Gorilla Cage can be used with standard three-boss mounts if you have them, but there’s an included Gorilla Clip system with a zip tie mounting system for riders with boss-less rigid forks or suspension forks. This three-eyelet clip can mount just about anywhere on your bike. It uses rubberized zip ties to hold the clip securely in place. The back of the clip itself is also rubberized to keep it from sliding. Read Weston’s review here.

    • DOM Gorilla Cage cargo cages
    • DOM Gorilla Cage cargo cages
    • DOM Gorilla Cage cargo cages
    • Weight: 110 grams (3.9 oz)
    • Price: $37
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • drj0n bagworks Strap Deck

    drj0n bagworks Strap Deck

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Composite plastic
    • Attachment: 2 bolts or Voile straps

    The Strap Deck mounts to a standard pair of bottle cage bosses with two M5 bolts, or anywhere you can think of by using extra straps. It has four pairs of strap slots designed for standard Voile straps, so two pair can strap to the bike, and two to the attached cargo. The bolt holes allow some adjustability and the cages are offset to one end, either up or down. When using the bolt mounts, lighter items (up to 1 lb 13 oz / 820g) are recommended. We have one on hand that’s being tested but haven’t had a chance to put a lot of miles on it; stay tuned for a full report.

    • DeWidget Strap Deck Cargo cage
    • DeWidget Strap Deck Cargo cage
    • DeWidget Strap Deck Cargo cage
    • Weight: 25 grams (0.9 oz)
    • Price: £19
    • Place of Manufacture: Scotland
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Framework Designs Pint Size Pannier

    Framework Designs Pint Size Pannier

    • Type: Fork-mounted bag
    • Made of: Waterproof Canvas, Aluminum
    • Attachment: 3 bolts/eyelets
    • Volume: 2-2.5L

    Framework Designs’ Pint Size Panniers are constructed with an Australian-made waterproof canvas​ exterior, a lightweight waterproof lining, and an aluminium backing that allows it to bolt directly to your fork. Each measures about 120mm wide, 100mm deep, and 350mm high when open.

    • Price: $129AUD (per pair)
    • Place of Manufacture: Melbourne, Australia
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Overlander Suspension Fork Rack

    Overlander Suspension Fork Rack

    • Type: Cargo cage
    • Made of: Aluminum, steel, plastic
    • Attachment: Clamp

    The Overlander Suspension Fork Rack is designed to mount directly to a suspension fork and fits a large water bottle, small dry bag, or anything with a weight of up to 6 lbs. The rack includes two straps with a spring loaded metal cam lock for durability. The rack with two straps and mounting hardware weighs 310g (0.68 lbs). The rack is powder coated in a textured matte black finish.

    • overlander suspension fork bottle cage mount
    • overlander suspension fork bottle cage mount
    • Weight: 310 grams (10.9 oz)
    • Price: $65CAD
    • Place of Manufacture: Canada
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Problem Solvers Bow Tie Strap Anchors

    Problem Solvers Bow Tie Strap Anchors

    • Type: Cargo Mount
    • Made of : Aluminum
    • Attachment: 2 bosses/bolts

    These simple lightweight brackets are made of lightweight, stamped AL-6061 aluminum. Each attaches to a single water bottle boss and serve as anchors for cargo straps. Together they have a 3lb weight limit and can carry just about anything, from sleeping pads to Nalgene bottles to a bottle of wine. And their low profile means they remain unobtrusive while not in use. We just got a pair and will be testing them soon.

    • Problem Solvers Bow Tie anchor
    • Problem Solvers Bow Tie anchor
    • Problem Solvers Bow Tie anchor
    • Weight: 20 grams (0.7 oz)
    • Price: $15
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • Road Runner Buoy Bag

    Road Runner Buoy Bag

    • Type: Anything Cage Bag
    • Made of: 1000D Cordura
    • Attachment: Requires Cargo Cage
    • Volume: 7.75 Liters

    The Road Runner Buoy Bag is a large, durable dry sack made of 1000D Cordura backed with a seam-taped rip stop nylon liner. The Buoy was designed to work as a micro pannier with large Anything-style cages. Each bag is 20″ (unrolled), 17″ tall, and 6″ in diameter. They come in several colors as well.

    • Weight: 128 grams (4.5 oz)
    • Price: $50
    • Place of Manufacture: USA
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  • Santos Hold-it-All

    Santos Hold-it-All

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Plastic, Rubber, etc.
    • Attachment: 3 bosses/bolts

    Created in 2013, the Santos Hold-it-All has been around for a while and won the Op Pad Outdoor Award. It features rubber bumpers and fastening strips prevent the content from sliding. Furthermore, the Santos Hold-it-All has a base with flexible walls, which effortlessly bend around contents. It is fixed to the frame with three bolts and made of specially-designed plastic which Santos claims is unbreakable and not sensitive to changing weather conditions.

    • Price: €29.95
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Specialized Burra Burra Stuffcage

    Specialized Burra Burra Stuffcage

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Aluminum
    • Attachment: 3 bosses/bolts

    The Stuffcage is Specialized’s take on added fork storage. It’s similar in design to the King Cage Many Things Cage, and was likely inspired by the original oversized three-bolt Salsa Anything Cage. However, the Stuffcage is slightly different in that it’s fabricated from oversized tubular aluminum, versus Salsa’s latest plastic offering and King’s titanium tubing. It comes with two coated nylon straps and is designed for use with the Stuffpack, a weatherproof, one-liter roll-top canister that installs via two Velcro straps. While we got to see and fiddle with these products, we haven’t yet put them to use. On first inspection, the cage seems like an extremely light yet relatively rugged option for additional portage at the fork or down tube.

    • Weight: 150 grams (5.3 oz)
    • Price: $30
    • Place of Manufacture: Taiwan
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  • Specialized Burra Burra Stuffpack

    Specialized Burra Burra Stuffpack

    • Type: Cargo Bag
    • Made of: Weather-resistant Nylon
    • Attachment: Stuffcage
    • Volume: 1L

    The Stuffpack is a weatherproof, one-liter roll-top canister that installs via two Velcro straps and is designed to work with the Stuffcage.

    • Weight: 150 grams (5.3 oz)
    • Price: $40
    • Place of Manufacture: china
    • Manufacturer's Details: Link
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  • Topeak Versacage

    Topeak Versacage

    • Type: Cargo Cage
    • Made of: Engineering Grade Polymer
    • Attachment: 3 bosses/bolts

    While the Topeak Versacage looks very similar to the Salsa Anything Cage HD, it has a few tricks of its own. A four-hole mount design offers placement options (64mm of variation) to work with other bags, or if used on the downtube, to make adjustments for tire clearance. In addition, the keyhole design of the mounting bolt holes allows for a quick release, which is a nice touch. The Versacage includes tie down straps, allowing you to carry a drybag or other gear on your bike frame or fork. Topeak claims a 6.6 lb (3 kg) load limit.

    • Weight: 128 grams (4.5 oz)
    • Price: $25
    • Place of Manufacture: China
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Packing Cargo Cages and Anything Bags

Generally speaking, cargo cages and Anything-style cages are designed to carry fairly lightweight, roundish items. Most have a weight limit of around 3 kg (6.6 lbs), which matches most fork load limits. Here are three packing scenarios that we’ve used with cargo cages to carry lightweight objects such as small dry bags, ultralight sleeping pads, shelters, and more.

Wolf Tooth B-RAD King Manything, Salsa Anything

Sleeping Gear

Anything-style cages and cargo cages are perfect for sleeping gear such as a small shelter, an inflatable sleeping pad, or even a small sleeping bag. Note that we always use a burly dry sack to prevent abrasion or tearing. Camping gear ain’t cheap! The 5L Sea to Summit Big River dry bag and Salsa Anything Bag are both good options for keeping your gear dry and protected.

Voile Straps Bikepacking

Extra Water

Another popular use for a cargo cage is to carry extra water in a larger vessel. The 40 or 64 oz. Klean Kanteen, Nalgene bottles, thermoses, and even growlers are commonly attached under the downtube using one or two Voile straps around the tubing and the bottle for added stability. In addition, there are insulated bags for winter cycling, such as the Wanderlust Monida.

Salsa Anything Cage

Food Overflow

This is my personal favorite use for a cargo cage on longer trips. For example, the ultralight King Cage Many Things Cage is extremely minimal when attached to the fork. Recently, we’ve been carrying a new Revelate Designs Polecat, which is ultralight and can be folded and stowed when not in use. On a section of route where we need extra food, we can fill it up and lash it onto the cage with two Voilé Straps.

If you’re looking for a bottle cage, we also have a Gear Index of oversized and useful bottle cages. As with other Gear Index lists, there may have been a few options we overlooked. If you have one you’d recommend, please leave it in the comments below.