Yes – I know! The Brompton Game Bag is expensive. Even if you consider that the bag was build in the UK. More or less the same price tag as you will find with the Billingham bags for your camera gear. They look similar, were build in the UK too and you pay a high price for them too.
The fishing bags made by the same company who produces the Game Bag (Chapman Bags) will set you back only half the way. So it is 50% “Made in the UK” and 50% “Brompton Labeled”.
The Brompton C-Bag made somewhere in Asia (labeled “radicaldesign.nl”) offers 22L compared to the 17L volume of the Game Bag and it is half the price. Unfortunately it is only a quarter of the beauty.
The Brompton Game Bag is made by Chapman Bags, a company from Cumbria, England. I don’t know if Will Butler-Adams (Brompton Managing Director) is a fly fisherman – I am. So when I saw that Brompton will release a Game Bag, I was excited from the start to get my hands on it. I like the source of the design. The bag puts together two of my most favorite hobbies: fly fishing and bicycling – at least from a visual point of view.
The size is perfect for my daily ride. The bag will hold my MacBook and there is still enough room left for a light jacket or my lunch box.
It took Brompton some time from the announcement of the Game Bag in March 2014 to get it into the shops in late June. I got mine finally in Olive Green. You can order the bag in Navy Blue and Mustard Yellow too. The approximate size is 430 x 280 x 150 mm.
The bag consists of:
- 1 main compartment (I would love to find a small pocket here – but there is none)
- 1 padded laptop pocket with popper opening within the main compartment (suitable for laptops under 14” and some 15”. My 15” MacBook Pro fits perfectly into the pocket.)
- 2 zipped bellow pockets at the front
- 1 side pocket with popper opening (perfect to store the rain cover)
- webbing strap (could be easily stowed using a special strap on the side of the bag)
- solid brass hardware
- Brompton water resistant cover, specific to the Game Bag
The Bag is made from cotton canvas with full grain leather edging and YKK zippers. The quality of the materials used is outstanding. I’m sure the bag will look even better with some patina. The canvas has a soft touch and the seams do have a very professional look.
The new Game Bag uses a new clip-on frame which does not feature a plastic handle. There is a handle and it is made out of canvas – part of the bag, not the frame. The rest of the clip-on clip-off design is like you know it from all other Brompton bags. You could remove the frame if you unbolt two press buttons on each side of the bag. Not so easy to reach – but you won’t remove the frame regularly.
Didn’t have to try it so far, but I don’t think the canvas would offer any water resistance. There is a yellow plastic cover included to add rain protection to the Game Bag. It is a simple strap on solution.
There is no sign of a “membrane of natural rubber” or “a double layered canvas with latex in between”. Maybe there is something hidden under the canvas but at least you have the plastic cover. You could wax the canvas too. That’s what they did with game bags in the good old times. A lot of work and it will give your bag a complete different look. I will leave my bag as it is now.
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