AltRider introduces new "Hemisphere" soft luggage line

Publish Date: 
May 18, 2014
By Bruce Steever

SEATTLE, Wash. – Adventure-touring accessory specialist AltRider has taken the wraps off its all-new range of soft luggage, with each piece featuring enduro-ready features for the firm’s customer base.

Claimed to be a game-changing design for soft luggage, the new Hemisphere lineup is designed around the needs of adventure riding in terms of shape, durability and waterproofing. The Hemisphere Saddlebag set ($379.97) is crafted from heavy-duty 1050 denier nylon using military-spec stitching on all seams. In addition to the ability to handle a fall, the bags are designed to fit on a variety of dual-sport and adventure-touring motorcycles without interfering with the rider’s ergonomics. Storage capacity is 45 liters, and thanks to a large single entry, the roll-up closure system maintains waterproofing.

Next in the range is the Hemisphere Soft Pannier system ($569.97). Designed for larger machines, these soft side cases feature sectioned compartments to keep heavier items low, aiding the bike’s center of gravity for better handling, while still allowing for easy access to smaller items. Like the saddlebags, waterproofing is provided by tough vinyl-coated polyester bags with roll-top closures and taped seams. In addition, the larger segmented design provides extra protection for the motorcycle in the event of a fall, too.

A Hemisphere Tank Bag ($189.97) completes the lineup, giving riders a place to keep smaller items easily at hand without getting in the way while standing in the saddle. As with the larger Hemisphere bags, the tank bag uses a roll-up closure to keep the bag waterproof, a challenge for typical tank bags with zipper entries.

All three bags are 100 percent made in America, and all should be available to order now.