Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
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Well my story is different. I rode 73 days 4244 miles across the US on the TransAmerica with mine with no big complaints. It was overloaded and there were lots of rough roads. It held up fine other than a bit of sagging. I remedied the sagging after I was home by reinforcing the stiffeners inside (easy enough to do). Since then it probably has another 1500 miles of around town miles on it.
It was waterproof enough for an hour of drizzle, but I always put a plastic bag over it if it really rained since it had my DSLR, lenses, cell phone and other stuff that I wanted to keep dry inside.
Bottom line I thought it was a good buy.
The zipper is a bit stiff when new, but loosens up with some use.
BTW: I really like the Nashbar Waterproof panniers. We used 4 pairs of Nashbar bags and one of Performance bags on three bikes. They kept everything dry and don't really show any wear after the coast to coast ride. I did have to sew a couple of the Velcro tabs back on, but other than that they are still perfect.