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Old 05-26-14, 05:09 PM   #1
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Nashbar Panniers: didn't pan out. Got others instead. Review/pics inside.

Looking to pick up Nashbar's 'waterproof' panniers, these: Nashbar Waterproof Rear Panniers - Panniers

and it says 'sold as set' so I'm assuming I get two...

my question is are they attached to each other by a piece that lays flat over the rack, or are they two separate panniers? (so I can only use 1 if I need to)

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Read the reviews on the Nasbar site, there is mention of there being two bags. One reveiwer states " This is a good lightweight, simple, waterproof set of 2 panniers. One great feature: the left and right are interchangeable! 5 stars for price, purpose, and simple "repairable" design."
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i read a handful of the reviews for that purpose, but must have either missed that or not read far enough.

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anyone else here have first hand experience with them? I'm about to pull the trigger so any insight would be great...
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I have (had) a set. I only have one left because the other gave out and dumped the contents along the way. It wasn't fun. There are better choices.
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I have (had) a set. I only have one left because the other gave out and dumped the contents along the way. It wasn't fun. There are better choices.
Yikes! That's the kind of thing that's good to know though.

So was it shoddy stitchwork or did the material give out or what?
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anyone else here have first hand experience with them? I'm about to pull the trigger so any insight would be great...
I don't but if you're looking for a decent set of cheap panniers Price Point has these on sale... Blackburn Expedition Deluxe Single Pannier Black | Blackburn | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

I picked up one and liked it so much for $15 I ordered a second. They aren't huge, but are plenty big for commuting. I can easily pack a change of clothes and some tools in one side. They seem durable enough. Not sure when the price will go back up, but you almost can't go wrong at this price.
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They do come as separate bags. Been using mine for a bit over a month now (really just one of the two) to haul ~ 30 lbs 3x a week. Seams still look just fine, though jury's still out on the long term durability.
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Both. The one i have left is disintegrating. There's a reason they cost so little. They're just fine for occasional use, but I have a pannier on the commuter bike every day and these weren't up to the task. If you want something for the one or two short tours you plan on doing in your life, these are fine.
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Both. The one i have left is disintegrating. There's a reason they cost so little. They're just fine for occasional use, but I have a pannier on the commuter bike every day and these weren't up to the task. If you want something for the one or two short tours you plan on doing in your life, these are fine.
the wife and i are finally getting around to biking to work. so these aren't for touring, just riding to and from work carrying a change of clothes and a pair of shoes. i've heard of them not lasting forever and ever, but I was hoping maybe the newer versions were better these days. they were also among the cheaper ones that were waterproof, which was something i wanted.

do they have a shoulder strap or something to carry them by once you get to work?
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also, how does this version: Nashbar Waterproof Rear Panniers - Normal Shipping Ground
compare to the ones I linked to in the first post?
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do they have a shoulder strap or something to carry them by once you get to work?
They've got a thin strap/handle but nothing in the way of a shoulder strap. I get by OK carrying mine in one hand when I get to work or school.
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the wife and i are finally getting around to biking to work. so these aren't for touring, just riding to and from work carrying a change of clothes and a pair of shoes. i've heard of them not lasting forever and ever, but I was hoping maybe the newer versions were better these days. they were also among the cheaper ones that were waterproof, which was something i wanted.

do they have a shoulder strap or something to carry them by once you get to work?
No shoulder strap, but they do have a short strap for carrying them by hand. I've had mine for a few years without any problems. They were used most recently on a short tour down the Pac. coast last week and appear in a few of the photos here (I loaned them to a friend and used some older panniers myself):
Big Sur Park to Paso Robles ride - Road biking trip | EveryTrail

And I'm leaving to do some grocery shopping with them in a few minutes where they'll be much more heavily loaded than while touring.
The potential weak point I see with them is with the rivet attachment of the hooks that attach the pannier to the rack. It's pretty easy to replace the rivets with more secure bolts if one is concerned - I haven't done that but did add a third hook as a precaution. So far the original hooks are holding up fine.
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also, how does this version: Nashbar Waterproof Rear Panniers - Normal Shipping Ground
compare to the ones I linked to in the first post?
anyone ever use the roll-top versions linked here?
they have 0 reviews on the site, but maybe are better quality?
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I don't but if you're looking for a decent set of cheap panniers Price Point has these on sale... Blackburn Expedition Deluxe Single Pannier Black | Blackburn | Brand | www.PricePoint.com

I picked up one and liked it so much for $15 I ordered a second. They aren't huge, but are plenty big for commuting. I can easily pack a change of clothes and some tools in one side. They seem durable enough. Not sure when the price will go back up, but you almost can't go wrong at this price.
Wow! Thanks for the tip! I've been looking for a couple of panniers with some water resistance - I just ordered two. That's a great looking deal.
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Is there a reason you're not getting something more structured? I've found that floppy sack type bags, be it a pannier or backpack or what have you, tend to be prone to overloading that puts too much stress on the stitching near the bottom.

What are you planning to use them for? How much is the max weight going to be, and what is the weight distribution? If it's a lot of medium weight things like electronics and bags of rolled up clothing you might want something different than if you plan to have a lot of light or heavier weight items. For example the trek interchange bags that i have are built like strapless backpacks, and they have built in "rain coats" so the fabric its made out of can be tough and not have to be waterproof.

Just some things to think about?

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Is there a reason you're not getting something more structured? I've found that floppy sack type bags, be it a pannier or backpack or what have you, tend to be prone to overloading that puts too much stress on the stitching near the bottom.

What are you planning to use them for? How much is the max weight going to be, and what is the weight distribution?
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I have the ones linked in the first post and mine are great. They have survived wind, rain, and several crashes. They are very waterproof.

I pack mine with my work boots, groceries, clothes and what not. I use common sense, I don't overload them. I don't place sharp objects in them. I actually left one of the Amazon reviews.

Had mine for about a year now if not longer
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I think the roll-top version is new - haven't seen them advertized before and it explains the lack of reviews. The listed capacity of 31 liters per side is very large - the older style is only rated as 38 liters (2300 cu.in.) for the pair and that's more than adequate for all my camping gear when touring, even carrying my tent, sleeping, bag, pad, etc. inside the bags instead of separate on top of the rack.
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I've had a pair of their ATB panniers for about 5 years, and use one of them when its too hot for a backpack. It's held up fine, and has a compression strap to keep things from flopping around when underfilled.
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Not to beat a dead horse, but I own these, and they are two separate bags.
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Just to add another option...Avenir Metro (Amazon link). They aren't waterproof, and the unneeded bungee cord that attaches to the side of the rack will break, but the bags themselves have held up well with regular commuting (clothes and lunch) and I just wrap things inside of a plastic bag on rainy days.

I load them up with a change of clothes, packed lunch, u-lock, keys/wallet/phone, and a spare tube. They can also fit shoes, but I just keep a pair at work. With the shoes, they're packed to the limit.

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Wow! Thanks for the tip! I've been looking for a couple of panniers with some water resistance - I just ordered two. That's a great looking deal.
Good stuff. They're heavier/thicker than I expected and have a removable water resistant interior.
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Good stuff. They're heavier/thicker than I expected and have a removable water resistant interior.
Awesome - perfect! They are supposed to arrive by about Friday.

Any trouble with the clips? I read a review where one person had trouble with the red quick-release clip coming loose during the ride and the bag falling off.
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I bought a set like that in 2010 for the low low sale price of $19.99. Both received fairly regular use for a number of months, including frequent beer runs (they worked out well as front panniers on my mule, due to the shortish fore-aft length). The following year I gave one to my daughter and don't have any further data for it. The other I'm still using regularly with no issues so far. By the comments above, I guess the quality was very spotty, so I suppose I got lucky. If it started to fail now I would consider I got my money's worth.
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