Riding the Big One this summer. Portland, OR to Portland, ME loosely based on AC's Northern Tier and others. I have questions about long-distance (and I do mean long) road touring panniers.
I'm waffling between Arkel gt54s and Beckman El 2000s for the rear. Your vote or recommendation?
I have used waterproof Vaudes on several tours and I'm disappointed with the lack of "compartments." Also, if something wet gets in there, it makes everything else damp. It's a pain to get to things on the bottom. On a positive note, they do keep things nice and dry.
I will be carrying full camping equipment, stove included. I'm not an overpacker, but I don't obcess about shedding ounces.