Tested: Giant Loop Fandango PRO Tank Bag

gl-fangooFor my kind of riding I’ve not been a great fan of tankbags. When you get off the bike it’s another thing to unclip and lug around with you, along with your lid. For the stuff you can’t afford to lose I find a backpack like Kriega’s R15 more functional – it stays with you on or off the bike.
Fyi: I bought this Fandango Pro used off ebay for £35.


What they say:
gl-fangoFandango Tank Bag PRO™ (8 litres) represents a major upgrade of Giant Loop’s largest, most popular tank bag. Expandability, electronics compatibility, and features driven by rider feedback inspire this adventure-proof state-of-the-art design.


What I think:

tik • Solid and well made
• Great size for my needs – not too big
• Lots of handy compartments

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• A hundred and sixty quid/$220 for a PVC tank bag?
•  Zips are a faff; would prefer clips or even velcro


Review
I like to try new stuff, or up to a point, retry ideas I’ve given up on and once I strung some high-end Rova-Flex zip ties round the frame and headstock, the Fandango perched securely on my WR’s big IMS tank. It stayed there for a month, zipped off every 4-500kms to refill the tank, or right off when overnighting in lodgings.
The volume is just right for me, though I found the map pocket’s surface area a bit small. It closes with a velcro patch, but that wasn’t enough to stop my vital notebook falling out on some gnarly terrain. Going back to look for it was just ‘too hot, too hard, too far’, to paraphrase GL’s moto, so make sure you velcro down well, especially with toll-road tickets.
The back mesh pocket was great to whip out my P&S camera on the move, and inside under the top is a nifty hidden zip pocket. There’s another under the base (may get wet) and inside the body is a velcro divider I had no use for it and just stuff in what was needed.
There’s a port to let a cable out so your phone can recharge, and they’ve addressed securing the loose ends of the harness with no flapping.
As expected, the zips were a pain some days – just a few seconds of fiddling to get them to hook up, but I got things to do and places to ride! It’s not that bad, but I’d prefer clips. The breather hose from my fuel cap didn’t get affected by the bag pressing on it, and lightly loaded as it was, the sat securely over through rough episodes.
Once the harness is on the bike, it will be nice to ditch the backpack and just use the ‘dango like a small top box and it was a dead handy accessory on my trip. Just remember that that goodwill is based on the great price I paid for it. Welcome back tank bags. £160 not enough? Well you can pay £225 for the Kiger.

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