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Carradice Super C Saddlebag - Black - 23 Litre

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Made from 100% waterproof cotton duck the Super C has been THE choice for countless expeditions due to its rugged, reliable nature & is the classic choice of many serious cycle tourists. The Super C is a large saddlebag capable of light touring fitted with modern quick release fastenings to the lids & with two large external pockets with storm flaps & quick release buckles. All Super C bags come with a lifetime guarantee against defective materials & workmanship.

Tech Specs:
- Material: 18oz black Cotton Duck
- Dimensions: H 28cm x W 48cm x D 17cm
- Fully waterproof
- Two large external pockets with storm flaps
- Internal organiser with zipped pocket
- D-rings on lid for carrying extra loads
- Reflective strips on external pockets
- No coatings to peel off making it easily re-proofed & repaired
- Weight 760g

Note: Sometimes when the cotton duck is new, the fabric needs to soften a little so that the fibres spread out for maximum waterproof protection. If used immediately in extreme conditions some leakage may occur (this is not common though). Extra reproofing might help.
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Product Reviews (4)
Overall Product Rating 3.8 / 5
Useful For A Brompton Too
18 Aug 2015
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsCan go grey with age, like the owner
ProsReally well made
I bought mine long ago around 1991, and occasionally use it on my tourer. Recently I started commuting from London Waterloo station on the Brompton, and tried it on the front short carrier frame. The Carradice three strap fixings work really well, and the bag neatly sits on the bottom support of the frame. Steering and balance are fine. So even at the SJS bag price plus frame, the combination is still cheaper than many of the Brompton bespoke options. Looks better too.
Great Bag
07 Dec 2012
5 / 5
I recommend this product
Prosweight, cost, volume
I had to work through Ortlieb pannier & Tubus rack ownership etc & buy one of these as an experiment in order to get here mentally. I thought these lacked structure & rigidity but thats their strength & probably the reason Ortlieb dont make them. The slight floppiness & looseness makes them stuffable, expandable & reducible & destresses the mountings & absorbs some road shock. Movement is not noticeable when riding. These are a simple solution from simpler times & still relevant today because the cap type lid & Super C catches address the functional & ergonomic drawbacks of the original & the cotton duck feels nice. I made a cardboard cross section template of the bag to check clearance over the rear wheel & the real thing actually took up less room when fitted.
I hang mine from Brooks saddle loops & strap it to the seatpost in the traditional manner which is quick, light & simple. Fitted like this there are many advantages over a pannier & almost no drawbacks. Yes, it touches the back of my leg on the down stroke & I was concerned about this prior to buying but in reality its not an issue as it just touches & doesnt rub or slide to irritate. The advantage over a pannier: no rack (weight, rust, expense, seized or loose fasteners & metal fatigue: all gone!). It sits higher up so stays cleaner, easier access & no heel clearance issues. Sits further forward (ahead of rear spindle) so no frame whipping when honking up hills. Yes it looks like it would raise the bike centre of gravity but it doesnt feel like that in practice. I am convinced it has less aero drag than one big pannier. Weight! 900g to carry 23ltr with no additional hardware. This is NOT heavy in my book, one 20ltr pannier is a little bit heavier before you factor in the rack. Or look at it like this, its only 50% heavier than a Barley saddle bag whilst heaving almost three times the volume. This bag hits the sweet spot on cost, weight, volume, durability & ease of use trade off.
A Quality Product At A Great Price
01 Nov 2011
5 / 5
I recommend this product
ConsNone that I have found
ProsBritish made, build quality, price
Its a quality, hand made British piece of bike luggage. Looks the business and certainly lives up to its looks. Small enough to use for commuting. Big enough for longer adventures. Side posckets are a great size. Made to last for years and years. Only possible negative is weight and that it sags/moves around if you don't use a bag support. If you invest in the bagman support it will prevent the movement/sagging. If you accept the weight you won't be disappointed.
Check Your Clearance
13 Jul 2011
0 / 5
I recommend this product
really well made bag, looks indestructable
will easily take shoes and a change of clothes and you could squeeze much more in
don't forget though that if you're putting heavier items in the bag will sag remember to account for this if it could touch your back wheel. you can adjust how high the bottom of the bag sits by adjusting the length of the straps, but you may lose some capacity.
Questions & Answers (2)
Use Rack For Bottom Support ?
27 Dec 2014
I have a Jamis Aurora Elite that comes with a nice Tubus like rack. The vertical distance from the seat rails to the rack is about 6 inches. Will this work with Carradice Super C saddle bag (with Bagman QR clamp) using the rack for support on the bottom ?
SJS Customer Service:

On the Super C saddle bag the distance between the mounting point and the base of the bag is over 8 inches, this means that you could in theory use your rack as a support but the bag just may just not sit perfectly.

Carradice Super C / Sqr Uplift System
31 May 2014
Is the Carradice Super C saddlebag (23 litre), SJS part 596, compatible with the Carradice SQR saddlebag uplift system, part 621?
SJS Customer Service:

Yes, these two products are compatible.