Vaude Road Master Panniers Bags

Road Master Panniers

Taste the freedom of touring on a bike and there's no turning back. From our QMR and HARDBACK mounting system to the built-in raincover, the ROAD MASTER simply is bike bag perfection. And at its breathtakingly low sticker you can keep your show on the road without getting a case of financial indigestion. Volume: 3600 in3/pair

User Reviews (4)

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Tour   Cross Country Rider [Nov 19, 2009]
Strength:

Roomy, well laid out, waterproof, sturdy, adjustable, good color scheme (black with silver reflector trim)

Weakness:

Can't think of any real weakness, as I haven't tried any other bags to compare these to, since these have lasted so long.

I've used these heavily during long commutes for many years now, often in total downpours. Surprisingly (to me) the lightweight yellow covers completely keep out the water. I recommend cutting the strap that connects the cover to the inside of the back. Also, the clip & release mechanism has surprising never broken after countless uses. Finally, though. something did just wear out... the zipper on the top pocket on one of the bags doesn't close anymore. Definitely got my moneys' worth.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
garden_lark   Cross Country Rider [Feb 11, 2009]
Strength:

light weight, durable, large volume/capacity for weight. solid back. waterproof covers included. good zips and buckles. can ride off with zips and buckles undone and things do not easily fall out. fabric stays clean.

i read bad reviews about the retention system before i bought these, but i think they're fantastic 10/10

Similar Products Used: ortlieb
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
BelgianBiker   Weekend Warrior [Jan 12, 2003]
Strength:

strong build; plenty of space; multiple pockets (incl. inside and outside mesh pockets); rain cover; handle/lock system is secure and convenient, and easily adjustable for more heel clearance

Weakness:

No real weaknesses, rather some suggetions:
bottom of pannier is not reinforced - carrying heavy, solid objects (e.g. laptop) will ultimately wear out the cordura, allowing moisture to enter through bottom; would like to see more reflective material on the rain cover, so it can double as a night cover; heavy load + bumpy obstacle might cause side clip to break off plastic side plate; they are not easy to carry around, off the bike (optional shoulder strap or convertible backpack version would be cool)

Best commuter panniers on the market. Also great for multi-day touring.
Unless you plan to wade through waist-deep water, these bags (with raincovers) are doing an equally good rain job as Ortlieb, without the disdvantage of having to stowe everything in a single compartiment that is hard to access.
Amazing how much stuff you can put in one single bag. Example: I use only one bag when biking to work. Typically, I carry my laptop/shoes/towel/spare clothes in the main compartiment, cell phone/wallet/lock/rainjacket in top compartiment, and spare tire/tools/pump/rain cover/headlamp/battery in the side pocket.
Tip: cut off the strap that attaches the rain cover to the bag. This makes it easier to shake it out when wet and you can leave it home on sunny days.

Similar Products Used: Ortlieb Back-Roller
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Patrick   Weekend Warrior [Apr 11, 2002]
Strength:

Totally rain proof with cover; very secure to bike, don't shift at all; BIG!

Weakness:

When very very full, a little rain got in during a huge downpour. Bug overall very good.

A very good and large set of panniers. They work great for what I call heavy commuting.

Similar Products Used: -
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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