Looking for a heavy-duty spare wheel bag? In today’s Blacksmith camping 4WD wheel bag review I’ll go over everything that makes this model the best for dirty gear. Here’s what you need to know:
- This 60 L bag features a large main compartment and two mesh side pockets
- Zipless for improved durability
- Fully lined and reinforced stitching throughout
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- Rugged 60L bag for diverse outdoor needs
- Ballistic nylon for ultimate durability
- PVC lining for waterproof protection
- Integrated drainage hole for convenience
- Bonus removable mesh bag for organised storage
At a glance
|Blacksmith Camping Supplies 4WD Spare Wheel Bag – 4 Star Rating|
- Material: 370 gsm Australian canvas and 680 gsm PVC lining
- Capacity: 60L
- Attachment: Buckles
- Closure type: Sturdy plastic buckles
- Extras: Interior lining, 2 mesh pockets and stainless steel D-rings for extra storage.
- Australian-made?: Yes
Blacksmith Camping Supplies 4WD Spare Wheel Bag Review
This bag is made in tough-as-nails materials that will keep up with your outdoor travels. On the outside, the Blacksmith features a “dynaproofed” canvas. At 370 gsm, the material feels sturdy and durable. On the inside, this bag has a heavy-duty 680 gsm PVC lining. When cleaning, the mud and gunk easily slipped away after a good hose-down.
Beyond the actual fabrics used, I really appreciated the sturdiness of the rest of the materials. For example, the front D-rings on the flap are stainless steel and 6 mm thick. After tying extra bin bags and a pair of dirty boots from them, I was thrilled to have this handy feature. The D-rings are very useful in case I need to expand my storage even further.
Because of this, I’m giving bag brand 5 out of 5.
At 60 L capacity, this is a generous addition to your vehicle storage. The main pocket is spacious, and the entire bag (including the upper flap) is fully lined in PVC. The smooth waterproof lining made cleaning rubbish a simple, fast task.
The main storage compartment is undivided and closes with a large flap and two sturdy belt buckles. There are two side mesh pockets that provide extra space to store gear separate from actual rubbish. While testing this out, I used the main compartment for garbage and the side mesh pockets to keep wet and muddy gear. It worked out perfectly and the bag kept everything secure throughout the entire trip.
Although there is one eyelet, I would have liked to have an extra drain hole to make cleaning up even faster. As a final con, I had some issues fitting this bag on some wheel sizes (either at the smaller or upper end of the range). Of course, if you’re willing to do some DIY on it, it’s ok.
I’m giving this bag 4 out of 5 in this category.
I’ve already mentioned the materials used, but it’s worth noting how thick the outer shell and the lining are. For reference, 680 gsm PVC is one of the strongest and thickest linings I’ve reviewed, so you can be sure this one will stand the test of time.
This bag is actually built to withstand a tree-branch belting. Although I wasn’t able to test this specific feature, after using the bag on several trips it looks as good as new.
I have no complaints in this department, so the Blacksmith 4WD spare wheel bag gets 5 out of 5 in this category.
This roomy bag will fit most people’s needs, considering it offers 60 L capacity. However, I would have liked to see a removable internal divider (much like the one Crash Pad offers). An internal divider would’ve made it easier to keep rubbish and gear separate, if I wanted to store them all inside the bag.
As it stands, I used the side pockets to keep gear and the main compartment for rubbish, which worked OK for my needs. I see how a divider would make this more versatile to more people, so I’m taking off 2 stars from this category.
This bag is definitely on the upper side of the price spectrum, but I’d say you get what you pay. The materials feel really sturdy, and if you get the right fit on the wheel, the Blacksmith 4WD spare wheel bag won’t budge, even on the roughest of terrain.
After trying it out on several trips, this sturdy bag looks as good as new, and the extra D-rings were a welcome addition to my storage space. I wouldn’t consider this the best bag for a first-timer, but if you know you’ll use it, take the leap.
Do not buy if…
While this is a great choice for many, keep looking if you:
- Want even more storage space: Although 60 L is pretty good, several spare bags offer upwards of 75 L extra storage space. If you’re into long road trips, a larger bag might fit your needs better.
- Have a skinny or large spare wheel: Even though this bag claims to fit all wheels from 31” to 35”, we found it doesn’t fit well in skinny tires. The same problem happened with some 35” tires. I’d recommend trying it on before committing.
My Final verdict
Overall, I liked this bag. Compared with other models, this one offers a good amount of storage to expand to your needs, and its design makes cleaning a breeze. A good option for short trips and longer adventures alike!
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