These panniers feature a top-loading design for easy access; removable fanny pack gives you off-the-bike carrying capabilities. Double-zipper main pocket, side zip pocket, exterior mesh pocket and water bottle pocket. Main pack closure has an adjustable drawstring with cordlock. Sturdy, 3-way compression strap secures the load. Made of water-repellent, abrasion-resistant diamond patterned nylon ripstop packcloth with 1, 000 nylon Kodra(R) bottom panels for abrasion-resistance. Adjustable suspension system and hook-and-loop fastener secures the packs on most types of racks. Built-in rain covers keep contents dry in inclement weather. Reflective strips helps increase visibility in low light.
a Weekend Warrior
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2006
Strengths: Well made. Integrated rain cover and reflective tape.
Weaknesses: Anchor system relies on velcro to lock in place. Touch to adjust and a bit heavy.
Well made and I bought them for a steal (25% of original $120 price). Lots of pockets and very clever high-visibility rain covers. I've toured both North and South Island of New Zealand and have ridden from Canada to Mex border using other brands of panniers. I bought these because they looked to be quality and offered the rain protection which is priceless in places like Astoria, OR or the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. First disappointment was that the removable waist pack talked about in the product description and on the tag doesn't exist. Second disappointment was finding out that when anchoring the bags, akward velcro loop is only way to keep bag from flying off on a bump. I've seen plenty of bags at all price points with hard-plactic QR clamps that keep bags on a Blackburn rack. Decent for a tour or communte, but not the best when a small set of bags is required or if you're taking them on and off your bike.