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6 waterproof tail bags under £100

MCN's dedicated fleet of product testers have been piling on the miles with this selection of six waterproof tail bags. Read the full review of each of them below.  

SW-Motech Drybag 350 – around £61.70

SW-Motech Drybag 350

  • Quality – 4 stars
  • Value – 3 stars
  • Tested by Simon Relph, one month, 1500 miles

Waterproof bags are the order of the day as we head into winter, especially as many bikes manage to spray everything off the road onto the rear of the bike. The SW-Motech Drybag 350 (35-litre capacity) has a waterproof zip on the top, which is rolled down and securely strapped in place to guarantee no water gets in.

The SW-Motech is really easy to use and you don’t feel like you need an engineering degree to attach it to the bike using the four-point straps that are securely attached to the bag. On the side of the bag there is a small pocket, just big enough to house the shoulder strap and mounting straps when not in use.

The shiny material is easy to wipe clean if it gets mucky. It’s well-made, reliable and has become a really useful bit of luggage.

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Oxford T45 Drystash Roll Bag - around £34.99

Oxford T45 Drystash Roll Bag

  • Quality – 3 stars
  • Value – 4 stars
  • Tested by Rupert Paul, one month, 1058 miles

The Oxford T45 can swallow 58 litres of stuff, which is perfect for camping. Fitment is a bit fiddly but it’s secure when strapped down. The weatherproof construction is lightweight but feels durable nonetheless.

Seams are taped on the inside and a large velcro’d flap over the zip has no problem keeping light rain out. I wouldn’t choose the T45 for daily use, but for a weekend away it’s worth a look at just £35.

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Kriega US-20 & US-10 Dry Bag - around £99 & £69

Kriega US-20 & US-10 Dry Bag

  • Quality – 4stars
  • Value – 3 stars
  • Tested by Alison Silcox, 10 years, 6000 miles

This roll-top, modular luggage system is 100% waterproof, and with bags ranging from five-litre to 30-litre capacity it’s very versatile. I’ve used a combination of the 10-litre and 20-litre bags over the last ten years and find there’s ample space.

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I like the fact each bag can be used separately and when it’s fitted to the bike, it’s secure and hasn’t ever slipped. Fitting the bags takes a bit of working out the first time, but you soon get the hang of it. Webbing straps sit under the pillion seat and clip to the bag. Other bags can then be clipped to the basebag.

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DXR Over-Sea 60-litre roll bag - around £29.99

DXR Over-Sea 60-litre roll bag

  • Quality – 4 stars
  • Value – 3 stars
  • Tested by Bruce Dunn, two months, 1000 miles

At 60 litres, this is a huge bag easily capable of swallowing a couple of days’ clothes as well as a spare set of textile kit. Luckily it comes with two compression straps which help to squeeze the size down when on the bike, and which can also be used to convert the bag into a rucksack.

The outer material is seriously tough, and I especially like the patch of extra hardwearing material at the opposite end to the opening, allowing you to stand the bag upright when it’s off the bike. With welded seams, it’s so far been completely waterproof, although the slightly rough finish to the material does mean that it’s a bit of a dirt magnet.

The eight plastic D-rings are securely fixed to the bag and make fitting fairly easy, resulting in a firm, secure mounting. It’s fantastic value for such a well-made and capacious bag.

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Spada Dry Roll Bag 40 – around £39.99

Spada Dry Roll Bag 40

  • Quality – 3 stars
  • Value – 4 stars
  • Tested by Justin Hayzelden, one month 1350 miles

This 40-litre Chinese-made roll bag from Spada comes in black or dayglo yellow, and has four loops and a D-ring to make strapping and carrying a bit easier. It’s as big as you’d want on a bike; easily large enough to swallow warm clothes, shoes, a camera and books for a night or two.

It feels a bit lighter than others I’ve used, but the material is tough and can be wiped clean easily. The design appears to be completely waterproof, especially as it features welded seams, and so far hasn’t let in any rain water.

The only downside is the roll-top opening at the end is a little narrow and makes it tricky to get items in and out, especially when it’s still attached to the bike. At £40 it’s decent value.

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Givi EA11BR soft bag - around £42

Givi EA11BR soft bag

  • Quality – 4 stars
  • Value – 4 stars
  • Tested by Ben Clarke, one month, 1000 miles

I absolutely love this roll bag from Givi. It’ll take 30 litres worth of stuff, but is flexible enough to use for much lighter loads too. It straps easily and securely to the bike with bungees, and kept my stuff dry through two hours of torrential Welsh rain.

It took me a few trips to find the optimal mounting technique, but I settled on threading the bungees through the pillion grab-rail on my SV650. Because the bag has plastic eyelets to run its straps through, it will stay put however little you pack inside.

The eyelets themselves seem really tough and well made; even the carry strap that comes with the bag is sturdier than I expected. The only thing I would add is a belt strap to roll the bag tighter when it is partially full, but that’s just nit-picking.

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