I enjoy photography and like to use my bikes as my photography transport where possible. Whilst the setup on my Surly Long Haul Trucker with its Ortlieb Handlebar bag works a treat I needed to sort something out on my commuter, my Giant Defy 1. Enter the Deuter Rack Top Pack.
I did consider a Ortlieb Handlebar bag for the Giant Defy 1 but I really do not have the handlebar space for the mounting and as the bike has a rack which I use with a pannier when necessary, a rack top bag seemed a reasonable option. Enter the Deuter Rack Top Pack.
What I like about the Deuter Rack Top Pack is that it has a simple mounting arrangement (Velcro), a carry strap if you want the bag off the bike, two side pockets sufficient to carry tubes etc and a rain cover which is attached to the bag by a ribbon.
Deuter Rack Top Pack as a Camera Bag
Oh it is also nicely sized to take my Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW insert which I use as my camera bag. The cool thing with the Nova Sport is that the insert has handles so I can quickly grab my kit and transfer it to either bike with the bags on the bikes acting as my camera bag.
My camera set is a mirrorless kit, a micro four-thirds Olympus OMD-1 E-M1 with at the moment three lenses, a Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8; a Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and a Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 R. All this fits into the Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW nicely.
The Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW insert slots in the Deuter Rack Top Pack okay width and length wise but does protrude a little bit height wise. That said I find the rack top pack zips up without any issues or signs of tension.
If I wish to carry my tripod, a Sirui T-025X, it easily and secured attached to the top of the Deuter Rack Top Pack.
Deuter Rack Top Pack Rain Cover
In terms of wet weather riding the Deuter Rack Top Pack comes with a bright yellow rain cover with a reflective logo. The cover is attached to the bag by a removable ribbon. Handy in my view to avoid the cover blowing away or being lost.
My only negative with the rain cover is that it does cover up the loop on the rear of the bag which I use for my rear light. Not a big issue but a little niggle with an otherwise good rack bag.
Deuter Rack Top Pack with a Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus pannier
Finally I find that I can still fit my Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus panniers if I need the extra carrying capacity. I tend to use just one when commuting some days and it fits easily without the need to remove the Deuter Rack Top Pack.
If you have any questions or wish to share you experiences with this rack bag please leave a comment or question below.