Long lasting luggage and accessories made in a sustainable way has been at the heart of everything we do since 2010, when Restrap was born out of the need for pedal straps that would never break, made from recycled seatbelt. This ethos hasn't changed in all those years, and runs through everything we make.
Here at Restrap we use top-of-the-line fabrics and materials in the construction of all our products. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to sourcing the best materials available, because we know our bags need to be able to handle anything that’s thrown at them.
We’ve pioneered the use of cutting edge fabrics in the world of bikepacking, being amongst the first on the market to use 1000D textured nylon fabrics, X-Pac® fabrics derived from sailcloth technology, and ultra durable Hypalon.
We’ve already written up a full blogpost on how we choose our fabrics, which you can find here.
We design for durability
At the core of our commitment to manufacturing bags and accessories that endure the test of time lies a comprehensive quality control process. It all begins with meticulous attention to detail during the initial material and component specification phase, a crucial stage that sets the foundation for the durability of our products.
Our bags undergo rigorous testing for abrasion and water resistance, ensuring they can withstand the diverse challenges of the road. Buckles, a critical element in our designs, undergo thorough assessments for strength and durability, guaranteeing reliability in all conditions.
Before a bag reaches the market, it undergoes long-term testing out on the road, allowing us to assess real-world performance and make necessary refinements.
We have a well earned reputation for our construction techniques, which means our bags will last. If you look closely, you’ll find small details that make a huge difference to the lifespan of a product:
- Bar Tacks in places of high stress and strain maintain the strength of fixtures and fittings.
- Waterproof binding on all structural stitching means our bags hold their shape, and effectively stitches them together twice. Our binding is waterproof and made from durable Nylon.
- Overstitches and back-tacking mean that any straps, fittings or labels are held securely in place.
- All our products are fully lined for double protection.
- Durable YKK Aquaguard zips mean our zips are durable and dependable, keeping water out wherever possible.
- High quality fittings and components
- We use Nylon thread, which is incredibly strong
- Hypalon detailing in areas of high wear on certain products, adding even more longevity.
Our quality control
Our dedication to ensuring the longevity of our bikepacking bags is exemplified through a meticulous quality control process that spans every stage of production. The journey begins with a thorough inspection of raw materials before the manufacturing process commences, ensuring that only the finest components contribute to the construction of our bags.
A rigorous training program is in place to equip our team members with the necessary skills and knowledge to uphold our stringent quality standards. Throughout production, products are meticulously compared to samples, and team leaders conduct spot checks to guarantee consistency and adherence to our design specifications.
Each team member is held accountable for the quality of their work, fostering a culture of excellence and shared responsibility. To further reinforce our commitment to quality, each batch of product undergoes thorough checks during the sewing process, with a final comprehensive inspection taking place during finishing and packing. This multifaceted quality check process ensures that every bikepacking bag leaving our facility is a testament to our unwavering dedication to durability and craftsmanship.
Repair before replace
In the rare event that any issues arise, our commitment doesn't end with a purchase; it's a lifelong partnership. Our comprehensive repair service ensures that your favourite gear stays with you for the long haul. Whether it's a minor adjustment or a more significant repair, our skilled team is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and functionality of your equipment. We don't just fix the small stuff - we fix everything because we make everything. Our machinists know our products inside out, so they can keep your bag going for longer.
We test. Then we test again.
Our ambassadors play a pivotal role in testing the durability and performance of our bikepacking bags, pushing them to the limits on some of the toughest trips and races around the world. They are our frontline testers, taking on diverse and challenging conditions. Through their extensive experiences, they provide invaluable feedback, suggesting changes and improvements as we develop new products.
This comprehensive testing not only ensures that our bags meet the demands of adventurous cyclists but also allows us to continually enhance and refine our products, guaranteeing that they stand up to any journey. We know if our kit can handle what our team of riders can throw at it, it’ll handle your trips with ease.
Our lifetime guarantee is more than just a promise; it's a commitment to your peace of mind and the assurance that your bikepacking bags are built to withstand the test of time. Forget about the durability of your kit and instead focus entirely on your adventure, because that’s what it’s all about.