UPSO FERRYBRIDGE FOLDER BAG

1387g 16 litres 32cm h x 39cm l x 12cm d £90

The UPSO Ferrybridge Folder bag is really funky, solid alternative to the iconic Brompton bag, with performance to match. If you’re looking to add another personalized, semi bomb-proof touch to yours, the Ferrybridge is a real contender. However, while fully compatible with Brompton’s M and S carrier frames, these aren’t included and a couple of very minor refinements, would make it better still. 

The UPSO Ferrybridge Folder bag is really funky, solid alternative to the iconic Brompton bag, with performance to match. If you’re looking to add another personalized, semi bomb-proof touch to yours, the Ferrybridge is a real contender. However, while fully compatible with Brompton’s M and S carrier frames, these aren’t included and a couple of very minor refinements, would make it better still. 

 

As with the entire UPSO range, the Ferrybridge Folder is made from high quality, recycled lorry tarpaulin. A fabric that is extremely durable and pretty much watertight. So an ideal choice for luggage. These are crafted by hand in Lancashire, on solar powered sewing machines. 

While you might get two bags cut from the same tarpaulin, all are completely unique pattern-wise, which is another definite draw for some. Stitching is meticulous throughout, as are the water repelling seams.

 

The bag attaches to the Brompton frame via two beefy Velcro straps, two Velcro flaps and a sleeve. Then there’s a similarly stout, detachable shoulder strap for lugging it around sans bike. A big scuff bumper at the bottom protects the fabric from premature wear and the main compartment features a rigid base, which retains stiffness and shape. A front-light loop on the flap, with reflective UPSO logo, will take a suitable blinkie. Our version also had some reflective sections of the carefully cut lorry tarp in a line along the flap.

Pockets/Storage

 

16 litres (a little less than some competitors) is distributed across a large central compartment will comfortably swallow 17 inch laptop, A4 folder, change of clothes etc. There’s scope for a takeaway and bottle of red on the way home too. The design’s rigidity is comparable with competitors I’ve used and welcomed when towing laptops and similarly sensitive tech. 

 

On the flip side, adding oddly shaped, impromptu supermarket purchases to the mix has proved awkward. Oh and the absence of a water bottle sleeve may alienate some but I’ve got round it and wouldn’t list this as a deal breaker. 

 

At the other extreme, I’ve been able to load sufficient kit for weekend touring. There are a further two, zippered pockets-internal and external. The latter has sufficient scope for mini pump, multi tool, spare tube, phone keys and other random stuff. 

 

The internal pocket is ideally suited to small, easily lost items, such as pens, blinkies, USB chargers, notes and change.

Weatherproofing 

 

A big storm flap and buckles protects these from pretty much everything bar full on submersion. Internal draw string closures continue this water repelling theme. I’ve subjected ours to sustained hosepipe torture testing, torrential Scottish downpours - with negligible impression. Nothing is truly impenetrable, so wrapping valuables, or changes of clothing in bin liners is another peace-of-mind, belt ’n’ braces standby.

 

 

Performance

 

I’m pleased to report, the Ferrybridge and generous loads haven’t induced any unwelcome sway, handling quirks and everything feels really secure. Regardless whether I’ve been bumbling along vaguely surfaced dual use paths at 12mph, or rolling fast on smoothly paved descents. The unique livery and upcycled cool have been talking points-pretty much everywhere, from café’s to bike parking lots and business meetings. Brompton regulars will notice not notice any uncharacteristic handling.

Conclusion

 

The Ferrybridge is a funky and bombproof bag. On the face of it, £90 (we’ve seen it for less online) isn’t cheap but each are unique and moreover handmade in the UK. Indeed, even when the cost of buying an appropriate rack, it’s still cheaper than some rival designs. Those looking to commute with moderate, office typical loads won’t be disappointed. That said, a water bottle sleeve was a missed opportunity and the material’s rigidity favour more efficient packers. 

Verdict 3.75/5 Very rugged, straight-forward commuting bag at a competitive price.

 

Steve Dyster

 

http://upsobags.co.uk/recycled-bike-bags/ferrybridge-folder-brompton

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2017

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