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Carries everything, even water bottles.
The Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage is made from the same six-millimeter alloy tubing as a water bottle cage and mounts on standard water bottle cage bosses; however, that's where its resemblance to a typical cage ends. Instead of being shaped to hold a bottle, the Outpost Cargo Cage has two, silicone-backed straps that secure objects of all shapes and sizes to your bike frame — including, of course, water bottles. Blackburn recommends an 8.8 lbs. limit for items stowed on the Outpost.
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extra cargo capacity for bikepacking
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I continue to refine my bikepack setup and in my quest to carry nothing on my back for extended trips or in the desert (carrying water for multiple days), I found I have to get cargo capacity on my forks. I've used these on rigid forks with built in mounts (Salsa forks) and also on suspension forks using hose clamps for attaching. Held up well in both applications. I also use a rubberized ski strap (Voile or Backcountry/G3 brand) around the fork leg and whatever I have in the cage (bottle or small dry bag). Holds everything secure.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am using this rack on the underside of my downtube to carry 1 liter of water in a waterbottle in a neoprene cover. This is for fatbiking in winter. The straps on the cage were too long - and a hassle to tuck in the ends - so I got some velcro straps at REI that work perfect. The cage it totally out the way and frees up space in my frame bag for other gear.
to the fork leg.
When a normal water bottle just won't quench your thirst, you need to bust out the big guns, aka the growler. But, but, a growler is just too big for my cage?! Well, that's where the Outpost cage steps it up to the plate. Just strap that puppy on it, and you're good to go!
Whether it's hauling extra water, or my favorite, beer, this cage will do it, and do it with ease I say.
Going camping? Haul whatev' you need in this cage as long as it's under 8.8lbs. Heck, I am thinking about adding a second one, cuz you know, 64oz. of beer ain't that much after all is said and done.
This cage is really tough, like getting a bicycle rack for your water bottle. Mine is going to carry a Tangia fuel bottle, but it will carry assorted containers, such as a 64oz Kleen Kanteen. The straps have rubber nubs that really help keep the bottle secure. It has more holes for mounting which helped with my install. If you can't remove your bottle without hitting the frame, this is just what you need. No need to pull it up and out, just loosen the straps. Much tougher than the Salsa Anything cage. Add to this, you get quick shipping with Backcountry and quick responses to questions. Kudos to Blackburn and Backcountry.com.
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This cage is pretty awesome. Used it for bikepacking. Holds a nalgene with plenty of room. The straps are plenty long and one side of is rubberized to make sure they grip tightly. A full nalgene bottle didn't rattle at all even on rough singletrack with the straps tightened. It does take a little effort to tighten and untighten the straps, so don't expect to be taking anything out of this while riding. Mounts up to normal waterbottle mounts. Has various holes so you can adjust the position. I would definitely recommend this. Only giving 4 stars because I can't vouch yet for long term durability.
Good for touring.
Purchased this for use on my touring bike in order to carry larger Nalgene bottles. Works great for this as well as the occasional growler.
How long are the straps? Could you fit something bigger than a Nalgene bottle? I know they have a picture of a drysack in the cage, but how big of an item could you carry? A pad?
The straps are 24 inches long. Using some mathematics and some pi that means you could strap down something with a diameter of about 7.5 inches. I strapped in a 2L soda bottle without a problem. I also strapped in a thermarest prolite 4 which has a diameter of about 6.5 inches. The frame size of my bike (small mountain bike frame) was the limiting factor not the cage.
If you use the cage inside the front triangle of your bike be sure that the crank of your bike can spin freely without contacting the load. I haven't run into this problem, but wider loads could potentially cause issues.
Here is a picture of a pad in the cage, Thermarest Prolite 4 . It fit easily in the cage, but with my small frame size it was a tight fit in the frame. Larger frames would be fine.