Andrew the Maker, or ATM for short has been making bags since 2012. What originally started as a necessity to make himself bags that would suit all his own needs developed into much more once his friends started seeing the quality bike packing bags he was producing. Based in Kansas City he has remained a one man shop through 2016 cranking out awesome bike bags as well as becoming a new, stay at home dad. Suffice to say, Andrew is busy.
The ATM Snack Sack was a small bag I had been eyeing for awhile. I had seen and used a couple of multi use cockpit bags but something just fell short with them until a mechanic mentioned that he was more than pleased with the Snack Sack. It arrived and I noticed right off the bat how durable it felt. The material I believe for the tan color– based on its weight– is 1000D Cordura but other colors come in 500D Cordura and the top cinch is made of VX21 Xpac. Both are known for high abrasion and water resistance which is good for keeping important items that you’ve stowed nice and dry, at least for a couple hours. What I think sets this bag apart are a few things. One, is the internal cell foam stiffener in the Cordura. This help it keep its shape and make it easier to put large water bottles in it without it collapsing. I road a couple hundred miles on a trip and not once had any trouble getting stuff in and out which brings me to my next point. The opening in the top is much wider than most bags I have used. The whole bag is much bigger than most bags I have used allowing you to get that little extra food stored, extra batteries or tube. It more than accommodates a Nalgene bottle with extra room to put some small snacks around the extra cinch top.
For extra storage the bag has two mesh side pockets to fit any assorted items that you need quick access to. I did wish that the mesh pockets had some slack in them allowing them to be more filled up. They are pretty flush with the sides and can really only hold money or ID and maybe a flat granola bar. I was able to fit my phone and some tools in it with a regular cycling water bottle but once it had my reserve Nalgene botle was in it I was unable to fit anything in the side pockets.
It’s fastened to the bike using velcro straps over the handlebars and nylon webbing and buckle that goes around the fork crown. This is then pulled taught to prevent any wobbling and swaying. I must say that I am impressed with this system of attachment. I had no wobbling or swaying when really cranking up hills and everything was more than secure when bombing down hills. There is a lot of extra webbing to allow for different bike heights so I wouldn’t worry about whether this will fit your bike. Just snip off the excess and you are ready to go.
With how much I was impressed with this tiny bag it makes me want to check out the other line of bags he has created. That saddle bag looks pretty nice and well constructed. It has been kind of whispering my name a bit to strap it on… Chris…….. Chrisss
The Snack Sack retails for 50 bucks and can be purchased through his online shop atmhandmadegoods.com.