Long-term Revelstoke Tunnel Bag test

by Kirsten Armleder

This winter, we put the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag from Giant Loop to the test. How did it fare?

Well, after three months on the back of our 2014 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK, it still looks like new and everything we stored inside was kept safe and, more importantly, dry. 

It wasn’t all sunny skies and dry, blower powder either. With the warmer than normal temperatures in B.C. this winter, the bag saw everything from wet snow to ice to rain.

The secret to the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag’s success is the military-spec materials that Giant Loop uses to construct it. Thanks to its polyurethane-coated polyester shell, the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag is 100 per cent waterproof and very durable.

And it is lightweight. At 24 litres, it is sized to carry only the essentials. While our shovel, beacon and probe remain on us at all times, other items, such as rope, a first aid kit, survival gear and extra clothing, can be kept in the bag.

It was easy to install. It may vary depending on which model of sled you own, but with our Polaris Pro-RMK, there was no drilling required. The bag mounted right into the signature Lock and Ride system.

At full capacity, the bag was short and slim enough that it didn’t interfere with our riding. The straps kept it snug so that it never fell off, even on bumpy trails and in the deep snow.

Unlike most soft-shell tunnel bags, the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag does not have zippers or separate interior compartments. Like a backcountry dry bag, it’s just roll up, snap and go. At first glance, the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag is actually quite plain (especially for the price), but as we discovered, it’s the no-frills design that makes this bag so useful.

Giant Loop also sent us two Labrador Dry Pods, which were great for keeping gear organized within the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag. But the pods would also be suitable for those who want to add a waterproof option to their existing tunnel bag.

For more info, see the Giant Loop Snow website. In Canada, the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag can be purchased through MotoNation Canada.

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