Wolfman E-12 Saddle Bags Review

The Wolfman E-12 Saddle Bags provide a high-performance solution for motorcycle touring. The sturdy, functional design holds up to the most rugged adventures. Wolfman recently re-engineered this staple product to make them even more sturdy. Their loyal customer base has certainly put them through the wringer to see them above even the loftiest expectations.

About Wolfman

Wolfman's journey into the world of professional-grade motorcycle luggage began in 1992. In the years since they have developed into one of the premier producers in the industry thanks to a continuous dedication to improving the function and style of their products.

Today, the company sports a wide array of motorcycle luggage suited to any bike for any purpose. Refining their materials from vinyl to improved waterproofing to today's 100% radio-frequency welded bags, the company has shown continued innovation to meet the rising demands of their riders.

Despite their growth, Wolfman has never compromised on materials or their commitment to products designed and tested in the USA. They continue to innovate in response to their users' desires and have found their way to the top of the field by a relentless pursuit of perfection. Wolfman products are legendary in the motorcycle luggage world, and rightly so.

With their iconic colors of black and yellow and sleek design, Wolfman luggage not only works great but also looks great.

What We Like Best

  • Tough
  • Compression straps
  • Easy installation
  • Accessory compatibility

The Wolfman E-12 saddlebags have unbelievable durability. The rigid material has enough toughness to protect the bike in a fall while hardly showing any damage. The plastic stiffeners bike-side and outside adds a layer of security and rides well on rugged adventures or day trips. The plastic also helps the bags keep shape, whether fully loaded or carrying just a few items.

The compression straps allow users to cinch the load tight against the bike, smoothing out the ride and keeping belongings from shifting during bumpy stretches. The wear-resistant nylon ensures the straps will last repeated bouts of tightening, loosening, and sun or rain weathering.

The E-12 saddlebags hold at least 15 pounds of gear, and strap directly to the bike, though heat protection can improve the longevity and function. With no need for additional racks, these bags make for a simple but effective option for getting the adventure underway faster.

The bags also come with several D-rings for additional accessorizing, pairing well with many of Wolfman's other motorcycle luggage accessories, or adding just a few extra spots to hang gear. In short, while the bags might be all you need, they certainly can accommodate much more.

The Wolfman E-12 Saddle Bags were named one of our picks for the Best U.S. Made Luggage

What We Don't Like

  • Small
  • Pricey
  • Lack of Security

The E-12 saddlebags carry a good amount of gear for their size, but they are not necessarily long haulers by themselves. The option to add additional accessories or tie on extra luggage certainly helps on this front, but users seeking bags for more extended trips should keep this in mind.

Wolfman's legendary status comes with a corresponding price tag. You get what you pay for, and indeed when it comes to keeping gear safe luggage is no place to skimp, but products do exist with similar function at a little better price point. However, the brand’s quality has also become iconic for those who want to send a message that they take pride in their ride.

The easy installation, too, comes with a caveat. By connecting directly to the bike, making sure these bags do not disappear while unattended presents something of a challenge. Rack-mounted bags may lock down a little easier.

Even if the bags themselves don't "walk off," potential thieves would find a relatively easy target in the E-12's due to the zipper design. A bright yellow cord strung through the zipper makes it easy to spot - a bonus to some users, but a bonus to the morally challenged as well, especially with no easy way to lock the gear inside.

Conclusion

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Wolfman sits at the top of the heap for good reason. The products have stood the test of time by countless aggressive riders for almost 30 years. The continued innovation and refinement of the construction process has allowed the company to keep making good products better, and the E-12 saddle bags represent some of the finest craftsmanship on the market.

However, a few small design tweaks could make them even better. Those in the market for top-of-the-line motorcycle luggage would likely not balk at some minor additions to improve the security of the product, both for itself and for the contents it carries.

But by and large, for riders seeking serious, professional-grade luggage for a day or overnight trip, the Wolfman E-12 saddle bags hit the mark. They do more than carry gear; they provide an exceptionally smooth, comfortable ride and outstanding durability that not only keeps the contents safe but even protects the bike during fairly substantial slides.

All of that comes packaged with the iconic design, including the reflective wolf logo, that riders have come to recognize as the best of the best. The bold black with yellow accent color scheme stands out in a crowd, and the sleek laminate material looks good even when it's covered in trail dust.