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Old 01-09-11, 11:57 PM   #1
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Does anyone here have PanPack panniers?

I am about to make a big purchase(for me anyway at $399CAD) and buy the World Tour panniers tomorrow. There is not a lot of information, reviews, or feedback on them to be found online. They seem to do exactly what I want in that I can use them as both a pack and a pannier. If anyone has the World Tour or another pannier made by Panpack could you post your feelings about them? Thanks....

http://www.panpack.com/world.html
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Old 01-10-11, 06:23 AM   #2
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I wouldn't do it. The absolute most important aspect of any pannier is its mounting system and there is virtually no information at all on the website about it. Any expensive pannier will be rendered useless if the mounts are not strong or well designed. I have looked at a lot of backpacks that convert into panniers and ultimately they are a compromise both on the bike and on your back in terms of ruggedness and comfort. Also, those bags are freaking HEAVY at 5 pounds! Most panniers weigh much less than that and will probably be easier to use overall.

Instead, I would just carry an ultra light backpack that fits inside your normal panniers. I don't ever need 60 liters worth of space when I go backpacking because its just too much weight. I usually carry a nylon day bag with me on tour for waling around or hiking but if you want to go on longer treks I would suggest something like this: http://www.rei.com/product/778467

A really nice ultra-light backpack, that can also be a 60 liter model if you want one, can be had for under $100 and then you can buy normal panniers that will be much lighter and cheaper than that set. You will also not have to compromise when it comes to either sport. The weight penalty for carrying the backpack will be offset if you can get a waterproof model that can double as a dry bag to carry your tent and sleeping bag on your back rack while you ride such as any of these models: http://www.ortliebusa.com/cartgenie/prodList.asp?scat=3

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Old 01-10-11, 08:58 PM   #3
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I wouldn't do it. The absolute most important aspect of any pannier is its mounting system and there is virtually no information at all on the website about it. Any expensive pannier will be rendered useless if the mounts are not strong or well designed. I have looked at a lot of backpacks that convert into panniers and ultimately they are a compromise both on the bike and on your back in terms of ruggedness and comfort. Also, those bags are freaking HEAVY at 5 pounds! Most panniers weigh much less than that and will probably be easier to use overall.

Instead, I would just carry an ultra light backpack that fits inside your normal panniers. I don't ever need 60 liters worth of space when I go backpacking because its just too much weight. I usually carry a nylon day bag with me on tour for waling around or hiking but if you want to go on longer treks I would suggest something like this: http://www.rei.com/product/778467

A really nice ultra-light backpack, that can also be a 60 liter model if you want one, can be had for under $100 and then you can buy normal panniers that will be much lighter and cheaper than that set. You will also not have to compromise when it comes to either sport. The weight penalty for carrying the backpack will be offset if you can get a waterproof model that can double as a dry bag to carry your tent and sleeping bag on your back rack while you ride such as any of these models: http://www.ortliebusa.com/cartgenie/prodList.asp?scat=3
The thing is what do I do with my panniers if I use your idea? I am trying to eliminate having to leave all my gear somewhere to be stolen. Say for instance I am touring and come across a state park. I can lock my bike up somewhere, but can't just leave my gear sitting there with it. With the panpack I can take it all with me on the hike or whenever I go inside somewhere for an extended period of time. As far as the mounts go I don't think we can arrive at the conclusion that they aren't good simply because they aren't pictured. There is a 30 day return policy so perhaps I will order them, check them out, and decide from there.
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Thats an understandable concern but I would think you could find someplace to keep your panniers so you dont have to haul them. The nice thing about bike touring is that you can carry some luxury items that you would not take on a hiking trip. How about leaving them at ranger stations and such? How about locking them to the bike or attaching them to the rack permanently? Ortlieb sells pannier locking skewers and cables. If you are confident in the return policy and don't mind the price go for it and let us all know how it works out!
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PedaltheGlobe. Wondering if you ever made that purchase? If so, how did the backpack perform? I'm hoping to do a lot of cycle touring this year. Whether I'm in the city, or going off for an overnight hike, I really want to be able to leave my bike and take everything else with me on my back.
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