Germany is a cold place on earth these days and the thermometer hasn't seen any cycling friendly temperatures since weeks. Currently its about -14°C during the night and around -7°C with a strong wind during daytime. So why not go outside and test new gear? I got myself some Apidura stuff and couldn't wait to see how it works with my BMC granfondo, so I gave it a go today. My current setup is a Apidura backcountry saddle pack (14l) and a backcountry top tube pack (1l). The top tube pack contains a small power bank, a multitool, one inner tube and two energy bars - it fits nice and tight to the top tube and doesn't seem to disturb while riding. The backcountry saddle pack surprises with a lot of space! I wasn't sure about the 14l version regarding the size, but you can easily fit a full kit of clothes inside like shoes, jeans, pullover and underwear. There is also still some space for a lightweight jacket and some other stuff. Mounted on the seat post it sits super tight and doesn't seem to move at all. The weight with the setup above is around 3 Kg, but you don't really feel them at all. The processing of the bags seems very good and I can't wait for the first real trip!