Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Bike Bag (Product Review and Giveaway)

15 Apr

Every once in a while I come across a new bicycle product and my first though is, “Why didn’t someone think of this before?” That is exactly the way I felt when the folks at Nite Ize sent me one of their new SaddleLight LED Bike Bags for review. This product combines a weather-resistant bicycle saddle bag, a bright red LED taillight and plenty of reflective piping—and then they threw in a gear tie to make this bag incredibly easy to install.

Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Saddle Bag

Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Saddle Bag

The Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Bike Bag is made from a water-resistant fabric—this fabric is also UV resistant so it will not suffer damage due to exposure to the sun. This bag only comes in one size—I would call it a medium-sized bag (I own several saddle bags and this bag is neither the largest or smallest). The bag measures 3.6″ H x 3.3″ W x 7.4″ D (91mm x 83mm x 188mm), and weighs just 3.3 ounces (94 grams). This bag is big enough to hold a spare inner tube, patch kit and a couple of CO2 cartridges. There is also a small interior mesh pocket which serves as a great place to keep your cash. If you ever have to dig into this bag in a low-light situation you are going to appreciate the bag’s bright white interior—it makes it so much easier to find things!

Bright Red LED Taillight

Bright Red LED Taillight

Sewn into the back of this bag is a bright red LED taillight that runs on a pair of 2016 3V lithium batteries (one pair included with purchase). This light has both a “constant on” and a flashing mode. You should be able to get about 20 hours of use in the “constant on” mode and a few hours more in the flashing mode. Please be aware that cold weather has a negative impact on battery life.

Reflective Trim On The Nite Ize SaddleLight Bag

Reflective Trim On The Nite Ize SaddleLight Bag

The sides of this bag are outlined with a thick strip of passive reflective trim. Since I spend a lot of time riding at night or in low-light situations I always appreciate reflective elements being incorporated into my cycling gear. Light bulbs burn out, batteries die and mounting brackets break—but reflective piping will always be there! This bag attaches under your saddle rails with a hook and loop strap and to your seat post with a re-useable Gear Tie Rubber Twist Tie.

The Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Bike Bag retails for around $33 and is available from the Nite Ize Website. When you consider that you are really getting two products (a saddle bag and a taillight) the price seems very reasonable.

If you would like a chance to win a brand-new Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Bike Bag then leave a comment below telling me why you need this bag. The contest ends at midnight (CST) on Friday, April 19, 2013. After the contest closes I will read through the comments and choose a winner based solely on my incredibly subjective mood at the time—however, humor in your entry is highly encouraged (just keep it clean). If you don’t need this bag yourself you are free to comment on other entries. So I can remain impartial until the contest is over I will not be responding the comments. This contest is for U.S. residents only and only one entry per household allowed. I will send this product to the winner via U.S. Mail at my expense. Good luck!


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37 responses to “Nite Ize SaddleLight LED Bike Bag (Product Review and Giveaway)

  1. hughonabike

    April 15, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Okay, I don’t normally stoop this low but “gimme the bag or the kitten gets it”. I’d like to donate the bag to a more worthy person or eventual winner 😉

  2. happytrigirl

    April 15, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Umm. Seriously. Why couldn’t we think if this and be making millions?? Dang it. What an awesome idea. I hate light hardware on my road bike. BUT this — tube/bike gear bag and light in one. Genious. I’ll admit — I would love it for the sole purpose of losing my rear tail light – saying, “take that! You’ve been replaced!”

  3. Mountainstroh (Tony)

    April 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I’d have to go with a simple comment. My wife says I am in the dark about most things, so an extra light might help!

  4. AlexP

    April 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I could definitely use this addition to my bike. I commute to work and have a seat post rack to haul everything I use on a daily basis in a set of pannier bags including my repair kit. Lately, I’ve been trailing my 14 month old on the weekend with my wife while she trains with friends for some upcoming centuries. I strip my bike down to the basics so I can try to keep up with everyone while trailing an extra human, so the rack (with my light on it) and panniers go away. I could use a saddle bag for my repair kit….the trailer is stuffed with diapers and cheerios, both of which, according to my son, seem to be more important to him than a spare tube.

  5. brendaintheboro

    April 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    We should be so lucky to need sun resistant products. It seems we hardly see it here in the UK. Thanks for posting this great idea for a bag

  6. Gina

    April 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I need this bag because I bike at night in Los Angeles, and this will give me grounds to sue if someone hits me – they can’t say they didn’t see me! 😛

  7. Lisa

    April 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    A) why didn’t I think of that and B) I want to join more night rides and want to be lit up like a Christmas tree when I do.

  8. Margaret

    April 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I like to make sure I’m visible when I ride at night, so this would be great. I feel the more lights, the better!

  9. Steve Sulkowski

    April 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Looks like a nice bag! Could use a new bag for tools on the new bike!

  10. cellistwhotris

    April 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    This has such a great design and I’d like to get it for my son so he can have his own tools and ride to and from his dance classes at night as the weather gets nicer! It’s great to promote safety and efficiency.

  11. ajdurrant

    April 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Would love a saddle bag with built in lighting! I just started towing little kids around, and maybe the on/off light will hypnotize them and they’ll hold still while I trudge up the hills with them behind me. Or I could get them to start chanting and cheer me on up those hills. I haven’t decided yet…

  12. ajdurrant

    April 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Ack! Forgot to click the notify box…I’m too distracted by the possibilities of the built in light…

  13. cyclingwithheels

    April 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Looks like a nice bag but, alas, I live in the UK not the US. Thanks for sponsoring me on my charity ride, BTW – much appreciated!

  14. bgddyjim

    April 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I vote for Alex. Any guy that trails the kid so the wife can train for centuries is a super dad. Alex deserves this bag brother.

  15. Tracy Wilkins

    April 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Holy cow! I need that. My bag has holes in it! It leaks stuff as you pedal along. It’s starting to droop. My bike bag, I mean. My nice Madone is still sporting the old, worn-out bag that I put on my first serious bike. For a while, I thought it’s shabby appearance signaled a well-used piece of equipment but my wife tells me I’m just too dang cheap to buy a decent replacement!

  16. John Marro

    April 16, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    Hmmmm….bribes? Maybe. Begging, of course. Flattery, always! This bag matches my bike colors, so it is only natural that it goes to me :-). Nice write up and a new reader earned.

  17. an uncommon girl

    April 16, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Love the simple comment by mountainstroh. Good luck Tony!

  18. eenermai

    April 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    I need this nag because I have lost like 5 rear tail lights!!! I have a bike which has a long narrow seat tube and doesn’t accommodate the standard seat tube holders, so I use the clip on kind which shake loose along the ride!!!!

  19. David Evans

    April 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I need the bag because it would look great on my Trek 8.4D and my Moonlander. And I don’t have a seat bag. At age 72 it would be a nice birthday present. I ride 100+ miles per week all year: winter, spring, summer, fall. In any weather. We do have weather in Minnesota. I plan ride till age 100. Think of the advertising potential.

  20. Nathan

    April 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I need this bag because I’m completely brand new to cycling (only 4 miles logged on my new bike) and my wife and I have dedicated ourselves to a bicycle tour across all of Belgium in September. So now I have to track down panniers, tools, lights, locks, and everything else we’ll need, not to mention get in to riding shape. This bag will be perfect for our tubes and tools, and I won’t have to buy a rear light! Plus it matches my grey bike! Also, any tips or suggestions will be very much appreciated.

  21. skyla926

    April 16, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    You mean I should put my stuff in a bag instead of stuffing down my shirt ? Ohhhh, yup the bag makes more sense !

  22. skyla926

    April 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    You mean we’re supposed to put all our stuff in a bag? Not shove it down our shirts and into our bike shorts? Hmmm, yup a bag makes more sense!

  23. Beth

    April 17, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    So – I need this bike because I do a lot of cave riding. No -seriously!!! I want to have this lovely bike bag because I am tired of having the cave trolls chasing me from behind because they think I can’t see them. This lovely little blinky will not only let me see them, but the shadows it creates from bouncing off the rocks will intimidate them by making them believe that I am much bigger than I appear. It will also provided the ominous red glow that will lead them to believe that I am a balrog like the one in Lord of the Rings. They will run whimpering from the area and never bother me again on my subterranean ramblings. I also want appropariate grounds for arguing visiblity while en route to my caves of choice for riding – I am tired of the human trolls coming right up on me – the reflective trim and blinky light will be most useful in the outside world as well.

  24. MikeW

    April 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    that one looks like it could be a lifesaver.

  25. Bici Love

    April 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Cool, not in US but like cool bicycle accessories, Thanks for the review

  26. isaac976

    April 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Actuially thats pretty nifty, but I put on my lights on my helmet when I ride.. try to keep my bike as light as possible.. but thanks for sharing

    • hughonabike

      April 18, 2013 at 3:40 AM

      I stripped the paint off my frame………..Every little helps 😉

      • isaac976

        April 18, 2013 at 3:42 AM

        NO WAY ! for real ? what happens to rust? did you spray a layer of Anti-rust or something ?


        • hughonabike

          April 18, 2013 at 3:50 AM

          Nope…………Rust! I never thought of that….oops! Wait….It’s alu……I hope.

        • isaac976

          April 18, 2013 at 3:53 AM

          the paint is there for a reason. haha .. come on .. ur pulling my leg, I ride on a full carbon, even if thats strip its still carbon. My titanium bots and nuts will not rust as well. 🙂

        • hughonabike

          April 18, 2013 at 4:05 AM

          You got me……I was pulling your leg………..but in a good way. I’m looking at building a carbon FatBike……….Spot the irony 😉

        • isaac976

          April 18, 2013 at 4:25 AM

          But for a min I did believe you cause I know some peeps that resprayed their bike for a couple of times over and paint aint light 😉

        • hughonabike

          April 18, 2013 at 4:37 AM

          Yeah, paint aint light but it does come in some pretty colours.

  27. kruzmeister

    April 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Being from Australia I’m ineligible but I’d love to vote for AlexP. Any hubby who takes his little one out riding so his wife can train for races is a total keeper in my book and definitely a worthy recipient! – Simone

  28. All Seasons Cyclist

    April 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM


  29. zawest20122013

    April 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Reblogged this on zawest20122013's Blog and commented:
    Very neat, something that I would like to check out.


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