Originally Posted by staehpj1
It is purely personal preference, but I have a hard time imagining a tent or sleeping bag/pad neatly strapped on a rack would be considered more "messy looking" than a pannier on one side only. Your choice though.
I just realized that you are the guy who posed about your "rackless experiment". If you don't go with the full rackless system, why not use the front panniers with the bag you had under the saddle. I thought it looked like a decent setup.
My rackless experiment
I don't always use those bags, last longer tour I had a four pannier rig, as it was late fall and I needed the room. All that was on top of my racks were my extra water bladders.
Interestingly though, I am leaving tomorrow for a short weekend trip, and the bags are the frame bag and two front and rear. Carrying extra clothing because I am riding to a convention, but everything fits with a lot
less stuffed look than the pics in my other thread. Slowly getting some newer gear, this will be trying out the Outdoor Research helium bivy that I just got, though I am taking a hammock as backup in case I really hate it, never used a bivy.
If I could figure out how to get pics loaded from flickr my new rig is pretty interesting, a lot nicer looking on the new(old) Centurion.