There's been quite a bit of rumour and speculation regarding Wildcat Gear over the last few months. For those who don't know, Wildcat are based In Brecon and make equipment which is specifically aimed at the bikepacking world, with bar harnesses and frame bags being the first items to go into production. Now, there's nothing new about harnesses and frame bags, both have been available from the US for a few years (if you didn't mind the wait and the import duty). What makes Wildcat products different is the attention to detail and the little touches that make life so much easier. An awful amount of prototypes have gone through testing before the final versions were finalised. Take the bar harness for example ... the way the harness fits to the bike is very different from other makes and utilises the fork crown so once fitted there's no sway or swing, your gear stays put even over the roughest trails. Another nice touch is an elastic strap across the top so you'll never be stuck for a place to slip your gloves, map or whatever else you need handy ... see what I mean about detail?
Harnesses ... not just in black.
Wildcat offer a full custom frame bag service for either full bags (Leopard and Snow Leopard) or half bags (Lynx). You can pretty much go as mad as you like here. There's a list on the web site of what I can best describe as 'standard custom options' such as battery lead port, outside map pocket, internal pockets, etc but if you've any specific requirements you might be surprised what's possible.
There'll be a few bikes at the WRT sporting Wildcat gear (Ian will also be riding) so you'll get chance to view it there. In the meantime go and have a look at the web site http://wildcatgear.co.uk/ and get yourself sorted ... you really won't regret it and yes, I have tried it for myself ;o)