What panniers are you using?

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What panniers are you using?

Postby SastusBulbas » 24 Sep 2013, 11:07pm

Just curious as to what panniers people are using.

For years I have used old Vaude fully waterproof rollover Panniers, the left/right specific ones with a hard back, and a strap that goes right round the bottom. Only had a few broken clips, currently using zip ties to hold a hook on with no problems, but the bag got a small rip in a road accident.

Now thinking of a new set, as I can't see exact replacements for mine, I am thinking of Vaude Aqua Deluxe instead. But I cant find any front specific smaller models or larger rears?

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby diapason0 » 25 Sep 2013, 8:04am

Got to be Carradice Super Cs! Cotton Duck is waterproof, durable and always looks good. Great company to deal with as well.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby fossala » 25 Sep 2013, 8:14am

I'm using some 52ltr altura dryline to carry things around. When I'm just commuting to work I use a 7ltr altura dryline rackpack. I'm trying to find some front 32ltr to use as the 52ltr are too big for most days.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby Tigger » 25 Sep 2013, 8:17am

diapason0 wrote:Got to be Carradice Super Cs! Cotton Duck is waterproof, durable and always looks good....

+1 love mine, tho they still look too new :wink: Currently studying the range of Carradice saddle bags to get one for my audax bike.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby fossala » 25 Sep 2013, 8:33am

If I could go back in time, I would get carradice. From what I have heard their customer service is second to non.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby bikepacker » 25 Sep 2013, 8:57am

Started using Orliebs in 2001 and would not again use any other make. Hard wearing, waterproof, easy to put on and off the bike.
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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby DaleFTW » 25 Sep 2013, 9:03am

Ortliebs. Big and simple. I likes that.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby CyclingSi » 25 Sep 2013, 9:38am

Ortleibs here too

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby irc » 25 Sep 2013, 10:04am

Ortliebs. Waterproof. On and off the bike in seconds. Durable material. Long term the clips and buckles can fail but replacements available.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby mjr » 25 Sep 2013, 10:23am

Sounds like I should buy some of the above...

I've got some good no-name small satchel-type panniers, a rather large cirvit triple pannier set from Lidl which has survived a bit of abuse for at least two years and two Bikemate single panniers from Aldi which didn't fit any racks very well and have failed in different ways (clips on one, stitching on another) in six months of occasional use.
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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby honesty » 25 Sep 2013, 10:47am

I've got a pair of Altura Arc panniers. So far (2 years) I've had no problems with them and they are very light weight and waterproof as well. Only downside I can see is that the bottom is not re-enforced so you have to be a bit more careful slinging them onto the ground.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby 1982john » 25 Sep 2013, 2:48pm

Also using the Altura Dryline 56ltr pans. 40% more space than ortlieb and were quite a bit cheaper. Think weight wise they were the same as well.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby tripwire » 25 Sep 2013, 3:08pm

I'm using Carradice Super C front panniers and Altura Arran 36s on the rear. Neither type is completely waterproof, but they keep the worst off and I just use small drybags inside for anything absorbent such as clothing. Both types fit securely on tubus racks and are durable.

I've verified the toughness of the Altura Arran on the old version, which lacked the locking catch to prevent the panniers bouncing off. My old pair lasted seven years, survived a few high-speed ejections and are still going strong - I only replaced them to get the new version with proper locking catches.

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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby Vorpal » 25 Sep 2013, 3:33pm

I have only ever used inexpensive panniers.

I normally just use liners in them, or pack everything in plastic bags. I have worn out two sets of cheap panniers in about 25 years of using them.
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Re: What panniers are you using?

Postby johnonhisbike » 25 Sep 2013, 4:27pm

I used cheap and cheerful panniers lined with plastic bags for years, but the big drawback was taking them on and off the bike, especially whilst getting on/off trains, going through 'gates' that stop motorcycles etc getting on cycle-paths and particularly those on canal towpaths. Since getting Ortliebs though, I've never looked back. Their only drawback is that they don't have any external pockets, which would be handy, but a decent handlebar bag more or less gets round this problem.