Okay, how big is it actually?

I’ve made rough estimates of the interior capacity of my bags before with packing peanuts, or by guessing roughly from the basic dimensions, and I’ve even tried it with water. Today I decided it’s time to figure it out once and for all.

Small saddlebag with a 1-liter flask

Is it one liter?

Small Saddlebag holding a two-liter bottle

Is it two liters?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I tried something else. Water is messy, packing peanuts are inaccurate. I thought of beans, but no one will want to hang around if I eat that many beans when I’m done measuring with them. So I tried pasta.

One liter of macaroni

One liter of macaroni

Small saddlebag containing 1 liter of macaroni

Small Saddlebag, containing one liter of macaroni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Saddlebag containing three liters of macaroni

Small Saddlebag containing three liters of macaroni

 

 

 

Uh-oh, that’s all the macaroni they had. It’s just about to the “fill line” so to speak, so maybe it has a three-liter capacity. But I think I can get some orzo in there too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three liters of macaroni and one liter of orzo.

Three liters of macaroni and one liter of orzo.

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Yep, all that pasta really went into that bag.

Yep, all that pasta really went into that bag.

 

 

 

 

So, three liters of macaroni and one liter of orzo, and it still closes. Call it a capacity of 3-4 liters depending on how full you stuff it. I think we can also call it a “carb load”!

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m stuck, I didn’t buy enough pasta for the large, so I started adding the empty boxes:

Six liters of pasta, plus three orzo boxes and a macaroni box

Six liters of pasta, plus three orzo boxes and a macaroni box

Three liters of orzo, three liters of macaroni

Three liters of orzo, three liters of macaroni

Two macaroni boxes, four orzo boxes, six liters of pasta

Two macaroni boxes, four orzo boxes, six liters of pasta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It... mostly still closes!

It… mostly still closes!

Yeeep, I can still strap that jacket in there.....

Yeeep, I can still strap that jacket in there…..

 

The orzo boxes are 7.75″ x 4″ x 1.75″, or 54.25 cubic inches, or 880 ml.

The macaroni boxes are 6.25″ x 5.125″ x 2.5″, or 80 cubic inches, or 1.3 ml.

That makes about six liters of boxes and six liters of pasta. It’s a tight fit, but the boxes aren’t taking up all the nooks and crannies either, so I’ll call it 12 liters, give or take. Plus a jacket.

 

 

Now for the exterior pockets:

Side Pocket with one liter of orzo

Side Pocket with one liter of orzo

 

That managed to zip shut onto two more liters of orzo

That managed to zip shut onto two more liters of orzo 

 

So, there you have it, and now you know exactly how big they are. 

Got any favorite pasta dishes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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