Time tested: Four months/3000 miles
What’s good? This bag has proved essential on camping trips – its 40-litre capacity is perfect to hold all the gear I need for a weekend away. The roll-top means that all my gear stays dry – even in some pretty horrendous weather – and it houses my tent, roll-up sleeping matt, sleeping bag, lights and tool roll. Usefully, there’s a valve that allows excess air to be released, so you can squash the bag down if it isn’t fully loaded with kit.
The GRT703 is held on with bungee straps that attach to the bike and there is a padded shoulder strap for when you’re off the bike. The pack also features a pair of straps that can be used to attach an additional 20-litre Givi GRT702 bag to expand capacity should it be needed.
What’s not? I can’t ignore the fact that it costs a lot for what it is; there are other alternatives available that do a similar job for significantly less. Also, the bag works well for me because I lay it across a set of panniers, but it doesn’t have a flat bottom so using it across a narrow bike may be awkward.