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Old 02-03-2014, 01:15 PM   #37
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Evolution of the Great Basin Saddlebag - from Great to GREATER!

Originally Posted by MotoBoss View Post
OK now I'm a little confused.
Sorry, let's clear it up, MotoBoss (dig SideStandUp)! We move a lot faster than most companies - constant innovation and improvement driven by customer feedback and thousands of miles of use/testing is our goal here.

Originally Posted by MotoBoss View Post
Does the new (2014) model Great Basin (60L) have the built in "sleeping bag" compartment and the bottle holders? Yes or No
No. Almost two years ago, we eliminated these features based on customers telling us they couldn't fit their kit in the intended compartments. Instead, Giant Loop has designed modular, customizable systems that can be tailored to fit each ride and riders' needs. We don't all pack the same, ride the same or carry the same gear, and we don't want to force customers to conform to one person's set of needs. This also enabled us to significantly reduce the retail price of the Great Basin Saddlebag.

Originally Posted by MotoBoss View Post
Why does the bag come with 3 dry pod stuff sacks but when ordering a set separately you get 5?
Our primary goal was to make the Great Basin Saddlebag 100% waterproof for the 2014 season by including with the purchase price a set of seam-sealed roll top Dry Pods - at a lower cost than it was to buy them as an optional accessory last year. (The Coyote Saddlebag also includes a set of 3 Dry Pods for 2014, our Siskiyou Panniers have included 2 Dry Pods since their introduction a year ago.)

Truth is, when stuffed to the max, the original 5 Dry Pods were not well suited to fitting the interior space of the Great Basin Saddlebag. So for 2014, we replaced the 3 small separate Dry Pods with a single large, double-ended Pod that better fits the space - and helps make the new easier-sliding coil zipper even easier to manage.

Here's a pic of the new configuration - two lower Dry Pods that fit the shape of the "legs" and the cool new middle Dry Pod that actually fits most sleeping bags, without needing to own/buy an expensive down-filled mountaineering design:

Originally Posted by MotoBoss View Post
Wanting to order but not sure what I'm getting for $450.00.
Here's the GREAT news: The original Great Basin Saddlebag wasn't 100% waterproof and it lacked many of the important updates and improvements Giant Loop has made in the past two years (thanks to our incredibly talented and creative design director, who's also an accomplished world traveling adventure motorcyclist, Brian Frankle!). AND it retailed for $439 two year ago! Now, for a few bucks more you and other GL riders can enjoy a truly superior product - easier to use, 100% waterproof, better looking, more finish detail, etc.

Originally Posted by MotoBoss View Post
The GL website could use additional individual pictures of the bag in various state of packed and views of the inside, zippers and straps would be helpful.

Thank you
You are so absolutely right about our website. More good news: It's also getting updated and improved every day too - take a look at the 2014 Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems. (And yes, we'll update the Great Basin Dry Pods page ASAP!)

It may be hard to keep up with Giant Loop - but we're on the throttle and in it to win it! Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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