Posted by Logan Watts
UPDATE: Read the full, long-term review here. Seattle-based Swift Industries has been busy with updates to their Zeitgeist Saddle Bag lately. Just last week they introduced the new Horizon Line, offering their classic saddlebag in a white canvas/XPac blend. And now they just followed it up with a black XPac version of the Zeitgeist as part the Hinterland collection.
The new Hinterland Zeitgeist is constricted of XPac VX21, the same lightweight and water resistant material used in most bikepacking seat packs. This brings the weight down to 12oz (340 grams). As mentioned, that’s about 1/4 pound less than their classic Zeitgeist. And as with the classic large model, the new XPac saddlebag measures 16″w X 8″h X 6.5″d and offers 11 liters of storage with two side pockets. The XPac version also features four D-rings and two integrated daisy chains on the flap. This allows items, such as a jacket or sleeping mat, to be strapped to the exterior of the bag. It also features a D-ring on each side and a removable strap for off-the-bike carrying duties.
Swift mentions that the Hinterland Zeitgeist works best with a Carradice Bagman Support because the lightweight XPac doesn’t offer the same stiffness as the heavier, vinyl-lined saddlebag. Also, you’ll need 6″ clearance between your saddle and rear wheel to run this puppy, or you can rest it on a rear rack/support/good quality fender.
The Hinterland XPac Zeitgeist Saddle Bag is made in the USA and available for $199.00. Learn more at builtbyswift.com.