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08-01-2008, 03:50 PM
I'm looking for a complete set of Panniers, front and rear, with a handlebar pack. Anyone have any ideas on which are best for touring, completely loaded. Thanks.

08-02-2008, 07:19 AM
I love my Ortleib roll-down rear panniers and find them well worth the money. One is sufficient for commuting -- it holds a briefcase easily and keeps it dry in the rain. Two can accomodate a week's worth of grocery shopping for one person. I've used them for bike camping/touring with a rack stack and my old Jandd's on the front rack and I had more than enough room for my gear.

Besides being waterproof, roll-down Ortleibs can be used in a variety of configurations when it's not raining and they have a handy shoulder strap that turns them into instant shopping bags. Don't plan on leaving them unattended on your bike, though, when you do your shopping because the clever clipping system makes them easy to steal. Loaded and on a tour, though, people aren't going to mess with them if you leave them for short periods.

I've never talked to an Ortleib owner who wasn't completely satisfied with them.

08-03-2008, 11:34 AM
Breathtakingly expensive but the absolute standard for serious touring.

08-04-2008, 12:38 PM
I got a pair of Axiom waterproof panniers recently and I love them. There is an online retail store based out of Bend Oregon that has them for fairly inexpensive. Here is a link to their ebay store.
http://search.stores.ebay.com/Seasonal-Outfitters_panniers_W0QQfciZ5QQfclZ4QQfsnZSeasonal Q20OutfittersQQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQsaselZ92914595QQsof pZ0

08-04-2008, 01:39 PM
I'm looking for a complete set of Panniers, front and rear, with a handlebar pack. Anyone have any ideas on which are best for touring, completely loaded. Thanks.

I've commuted with a pair of Jandd Mini Mountain panniers on my front lowrider rack for years with much success. They expand nicely by just unzipping the lower half.


A friend used them in conjunction with the Large Mountain panniers in back and said they work well for him.

08-04-2008, 03:01 PM
Does anyone have an opinion on the Arkel Bug? It looks compelling - I can see the value in quickly unclipping it and turning it into a daypack with its hidden backpack straps. Bike and hike situations? Commuting? It's the bag I've been looking at a lot online lately.

It's kind of expensive, but is it worth it?

08-04-2008, 05:10 PM
Ante, I'm also interested in the bug, but I've read reviews that say it's not real rain friendly. I don't have one, so it's far from 1st hand information, but it's worth considering. I do think they have a rain cover available for it though (separately, of course!).

08-07-2008, 04:08 PM
I've been very happy with the Vaude Roadmaster panniers. They're massive and well-thought out. About 2,000 miles of touring and 4 years of year-round commuting on my set and they're still going strong.

They're not intrinsically waterproof like Ortlieb products, but they do have raincovers and a hard plastic back. (I also use a garbage bag as a liner, which has been pretty much foolproof.) Because these panniers don't use drybag construction, they can also have more than one compartment (I think that's a big drawback for the Ortlieb products). The Vaudes have a zipper pocket on top, a small pocket on the rear, and a mesh pocket on the outside that's great for your dish sponge or drying laundry when you're touring.

08-07-2008, 05:31 PM
thanks for all the info, i'm surprised at how expensive panniers can get. WOW.

08-08-2008, 04:16 AM
How about some American-made packs?