Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Laguna Hills, OC, California
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I have Ortlieb panniers and like them very much. Commute to work, usually a pannier on one side and an office bag on the other, lunch I carry in the handlebar bag. These are all quite durable. There are two types of panniers, one, which will keep the rain out while right-side-up, another, the roller bag, which can be thrown into water and stay water tight. I am in southern California, so we don't have much rain here, but my office bag is the roller type, so that my PC stays protected. I don't want water to get into my papers or PC even once. I carry my clothes, etc. in the pannier, which is just a tie-type, not a roller. All works just great. Easy to put on/off the bike, strong, reliable and very clever design. They are purposely avoiding zippers, since those can be unreliable at the worst time, and have very many other, subtle clever features. The bags are really plain on the inside. I prefer to have an internal flexibility, rather than being constrained by internal pocket sizes, but it does sometimes require some smaller bags or something to keep your load logically organized, but I never really felt that there should be internal compartments, because these are invariably just a little too small for some items. Packing the panniers really isn't all that different from packing an empty suitcase. If I were to shop for more bike bags and panniers, I would definitely go for Ortlieb again.