Touring - Pacific Outdoor Equipment panniers or Ortliebs?
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09-13-11, 04:23 PM
I have it down to Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus or Pacific Outdoor Equipment panniers. I can get the the POE pretty cheap through the shop or spend 2x as much on the Ortliebs. I already bought the Ortlieb handlebar bag. Don't really care if they match or not. Mainly looking for quality.
09-13-11, 09:22 PM
I have the LTW POEs. I like them very much. Waterproof, strong, light, easy on and off, fit my Tubus Cosmo perfectly.
09-14-11, 12:15 AM
see a lot of Ortliebs on bikes heading down the west/Oregon coast.
I've only ever used Ortlieb panniers. The same set (front and back) for 10 years now and still waterproof and going strong. I highly recommend them.
I can't speak about Pacific Outdoor Equipment.
09-14-11, 09:23 AM
I love my Ortlieb bags, I have the whole set up of front, rear, and handle bar bags. I don't know much about POE equipment and the selection in my area was pretty much Ortlieb or the internet. That being said, I use mine for everyday things like going to the grocery store (they handle gallons of milk with no problem) to the dusty dirty rainy conditions of India's roads with out any of the outside weather getting in. They also double as a sink/bucket for washing dishes or clothes on the road. And I've heard of some people using them to fetch water from rivers by attaching a rope to the handle and throwing it off a bridge. So far mine have stood up to any challenge. Plus it's been my experience much to my dismay that almost all of the time...you get what you pay for.
09-14-11, 09:35 AM
See muy thoughts on the Sport Packer Plus bags I nought earlier this year:
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