It a world of saddle bags, this is the saddle bag that gets results.
It's a simple fact of life; you are going to get a flat tire. At some point, some day, you will puncture your tire or tube and have to make a repair. So, bring some stuff to do that. There are a lot of options out there, and at the end of the day, they all work; they carry things you hope you never need to use, but too often do.
But there are better ways to do it, and Timbuk2's Tool Shed is a stylish way to bring your tools with you. It certainly looks great and fastens well on your saddle rails. It's very secure, and that's a big reason why it ended up on my cyclocross bike. In wet conditions, other velcro bags come loose, especially over rough gravel roads or in the woods. The Tool Shed is locked in, solid, and doesn't move a millimeter.
The functionality is the biggest plus. With regular sack-style saddle bags, you have to dig out all of your stuff. It's kind of a mess. With the Tool Shed, it's all accessible in its own pocket, rather than smushed into an awkward ball. You open the buckle and it's all there. Grab your mutli-tool, your levers, your tube, without making a mess, putting stuff on the ground, or tucking it stuff in strange places.
The durability is classic Timbuk2; bomb-proof. I had too many bags from there already, and they are indestructible. This Tool Shed has already survived over a dozen rain and sand spray jobs and with a wipe of a rag looks completely brand new.
The only drawback is a bit of situational one. Tubes. They don't all fit. That's certainly not an issue for your road or cyclocross bike, but anything bigger is iffy. We are in a regional bubble where 29+ and fat bike tubes are pretty darn important. This will just stick to my skinnier-tired bikes.
We have a number of the Tool Sheds in stock, so check them out the next time you're in!