They are highly regarded. The racks are great too. The bags look a little large for my taste. Fairly cheap and crappy cordura panniers with plastic bag liners work really well for a long time and cost about 60 bucks a pair. Fancy panniers tend to be heavy with lots of nice bells and whistles. However, if you feel they are right for you, I haven't heard anything that would undermine that choice. Bruce makes the best integrated family of touring gear on the US market.
You will hear a lot of happy reports about lower cost gear, because that is what most people use. I have had the same simple cordura panniers for 20 years. They are top stuffers like a rucksack. I am perfectly happy with them and if I replaced them it would be with something similar.
Last edited by NoReg; 09-28-08 at 11:48 PM.