Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:18

Henty's Tube Tested and Reviewed Featured

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I used to be a banker. I’m sorry about that but look at this way, a lot of people got a very good savings account with an extraordinary APR due
to the PPI I sold. Anyway, whilst I was working for The Man I started to commute on two wheels. Early problems with carrying uniform were solved
by leaving my suits and boots at the office.

The only drawback was if I had to cover another branch I’d have to stuff my three piece, shirt and tie in a rucksack. If I’m honest I didn’t really care if they creased so that wasn’t a problem. My size 12.5 feet were though. Transporting my shoes was a nightmare and work shoes don’t work with SPDs. At The Cycle Show I chanced upon a commuting bag which just might have solved my problem. The Henty Tube.

GTB 668b

Henty’s Wingman bag has been around a couple of years now and I wished I’d discovered it in my corporate days as it’s perfect for office commuters. Now I work as a hardnosed cycling journalist and peddler of outdoors kit during the day I don’t need it. But I still have the problem of my duck feet. Until now I’ve solved this by owning two pairs of expensive approach shoes, one for home one for work, but this isn’t ideal because one pair never gets to go outside and I hate misused kit.

Talking to the guys at the Henty stall at the NEC, I mentioned this and they showed me the Tube. A bag designed to be able to go to the gym, the beach, snorkelling and triathlon training but still keep your work clothes clean and dry. It contains two large waterproof compartments, and recent weather has tested and confirmed this to be true, it enables the user to separate dirty kit from clean kit. It also fits my shoes in it.

henty one

The Tube comes in three sizes 15l, 20l and 26l. I had the 20l which has a RRP of £95. All include the following features

 

  • Sealed seams to waterproof main compartment

  • Large zip opening runs the full length of bag

  • Minimal back contact reduces sweat

  • Weather proof tablet/laptop pocket

  • Padded, reflective & adjustable shoulder pad

  • Phone pouch attachment on shoulder pad

  • Weather proof accessories pocket

  • Reflective strips for flare attention at night

  • Removable hip belt

  • Multiple Webbing attachment points for bicycle light(s)

  • YKK zips

  • Compatible with hydration bladder

  • Compatible with Wingman

  • Quick release buckle

  • All sizes are within carry-on luggage requirements

henty two

More importantly for me the accompanying swing tag also promised a pocket big enough for a wine bottle. This bag just seemed to be getting better and better. However a commuting bag needs to work when actually riding.

It isn’t perfect. You need to make sure it’s compressed tight otherwise it can feel unstable and block the view over your right shoulder. A proper pack is also more comfortable but for me these were minor niggles. It looks amazing and is the only pack I’d use on my best bike and in full Mamil mode. Its weatherproofness is exactly as stated on the label and the space...... It’s far far beyond what you could expect from a 20l pack. It takes my shoes, my uniform, a D-lock and a bottle of Merlot easily. I’ve also taken it on flights to Sweden and Abu Dhabi as my hold bag on the posh airlines and it’s held its own, both providing space and looking very very good.

At £95 RRP it may seem expensive but walkers and climbers spend that on a pack without thinking twice and cyclists should do the same. The editor has asked me to come up with a product of 2015 in the next few weeks and I thought I had it chosen months ago. I may just have to have a rethink.

Photo Credit Picture one : Henry Iddon

Last modified on Saturday, 03 September 2016 08:48
Stu Thomas

A former bank worker now working for a major national outdoor company Stu is an avid mountain and road cyclist and tests kit for MyOutdoors around the BreconBeacons and South Wales. As a member of South Wales Mountaineering Club stu, along with partner Julie (who also tests for us) also both climbs and walks. When not tearing up mountain bike trails Stu can be found on the road either commuting by bike or taking part in muscle draining sportives in the Peak District.

With his retail experience and insight Stu is able to help us with real time buying trends and reviews based on a wide range of kit for comparisons. Stu has also started writing for MyOutdoors Blog, first documenting his "conversion" to a road cyclist and soon to be reliving some of his recent cycle tours that have taken in both the Balkans and Estonia/Latvia. You may even be able to pick him out in photos of wild camping in Magillicuddy's Reeks on the site - Stu gets around!

Preferred activities: Hillwalking ,mountain biking, road cyclingg, climbing, skiing