I am trying to work out which bags to buy. I currently own a Carradice Nelson Longflap, which is awesome but I probably won't tour with (try and get the weight a bit lower) and I've got some Super C front panniers, which have a good construction, but I don't like for the following reasons:
-Slightly conical shape is annoying to pack, hard to fill out the bottom
-Outside pocket is useless once the bag is packed out, impossible to get anything in/out
-Black duck cotton not nearly as nice as the green longflap
I'm considering ditching the Super Cs and going for Kendals both front and rear. This will give me about the same litres as a set of Ortlieb rollers, for less cash, with an easier shape to pack and a really useful pocket on the back of each bag (spare water bottles, tools, bananas). Also it would be a pretty handsome setup.
But would the Kendals on a front lowrider have too pronounced effect on the handling? (Note; I will temper the deadening effect with a handlebar/randonneur bag up the top to speed things back up again )