Topeak Aero Wedge Review
There are a lot of considerations to make when purchasing the perfect wedge pack. It must have taken me hours of research to finally decide on the Topeak Aero Wedge. Once I decided on that particular bag, I had to choose the size, and whether to go with straps or quick clicks (pictured below). This review will focus on the medium Aero Wedge without the quick click and why it was the version I ended up purchasing.
To start with, the Aero Wedge is made with a Dupont Teflon coated denier polyester, and the fabric feels very sturdy, and solid, much more so than I expected. It’s very similar to the material used on the Topeak Survival Tool Pack.
There were two different ways of attaching the bag to the saddle, and/or seat post. The first version pictured above includes a Velcro strap that goes around the seat post. It then attaches to the saddle with two individual straps that clip in. The two independent straps are brilliant because they prevent the pack from bunching up in the middle (a great feature!).
The second version includes the quick clip. There is a plastic bracket that attaches to the saddle. The pack then just snaps in, and can be removed quite easily. This would be convenient if you need to take the pack off to prevent theft, or other various reasons. I decided to go with the first version with straps. The reason for this is that the quick clip worries me that it could break while riding. I’ve read some stories where someone will be out 50 miles, and the bracket or clip snapped loose, and the pack got jammed in the rear wheel, or everything was lost. I’m sure these are extremely rare occurrences, but it’s something to consider. I also really had no need to take the pack off frequently.
Depending on the size you choose, the Aero Wedge is quite roomy. The expandable medium pack suited me quite well, as it had lots of room to hold everything I need for emergencies, and also some extras, such as a cell phone, clif bar, etc.
The Aero wedge is quite aerodynamic for a seat bag, and the nice part of this is that the bag doesn’t stick out too far on the sides, so there shouldn’t be any problems with rubbing. The medium pack weighs between 130-135 grams, with the quick click version the heavier of the two. For comparison, the small quick click version weighs 105 grams. Not really much of a difference in the scheme of things.
The only place locally that I could find the Topeak Aero Wedge was at REI, and they had quite a few of the models except for the one I wanted. I wasn’t able to find the medium with the strap, so I ended up going with an eBay store (it turned out to be a smaller cycle shop in California).
Overall, I definitely recommend the Topeak Aero Wedge seat pack.
Check out the Topeak Aero Wedge here.