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Soft top boxes?

About 10 years ago my Dad found an almost unused "Endurance" brand tail pack that's like a soft top box - big, square, keeps it's shape on it's own - in a charity shop for a whole 3.50. It has been absolutely fantastic (and it's still going well), so it'd be great to find another one for my other half, and maybe a replacement for when it finally goes too, but I've never seen another bag like it.

Does anyone have any leads on other manufacturers of this sort of thing?
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Givi has options in various sizes: WL901, XL08, EA147
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just tie a large expandable tank bag on the luggage rack, much more versatile
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If you search for tail packs or tail bags you may find something that suits.
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I'm going to have to take a photo later, and explain this better. It's entirely soft (no breakable hard base), but holds it's shape so you can just chuck stuff in (very handy when I've got a bag of groceries to take home). It keeps it's shape due to having a layer of foam inside, which means that if I put a bottle of pop in it straight out of the fridge it stays cool for the day even when it's 35º or more.

It's bigger than a tail pack, it can just about take a 6 pack of 1.5L bottles. The outside is hard canvass that has survived sliding down the road a few times and living under the Spanish sun for years, it's water resistant, it attaches directly to the bike and doesn't need any extra straps or bungees.

I have normal tail packs, and if I go away I typically use a sports duffel bag, but those don't fill the role of a top box while also being unbreakable if it lands on a rock.
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