I need a new pair. The cheap one's I bought didn't connect to my rack very well and they flop around and are starting to wear and tear. For reference, the one's I have are the M-Wave Double Day Tripper Bicycle Pannier. They are a great size, but they don't attach to the bottom rack easily (it's a clip/strap system that is tough to get on and off and dangerously close to getting entangled in the spokes).
I've read a lot of threads here, but none really talk about anything in my price range (~$50). I realize there's a lot of great Ortlieb, etc types out there, but they are too much for me right now. I simply need a good set that I can use for the grocery store/commute and possibly a short tour eventually. And they need to connect solidly to the bottom of my rack so they don't flop around.
Choice 1: Axiom Seymour LX Pannier Set - These seem (from the pics and description) to have a good, solid and easy to use system to attach the bags. I'm a little worried by the 2.5" stated width of the bags, it doesn't look that narrow in the pics. Never heard of this brand, reviews seem good if not all that many. Also a plus is they are separate, so I can just hook on one if I only need one.
Choice 2: Avenir Excursion Small Panniers - I'm not very sure about these, so I'm hoping someone out there has a set. There's nothing said about how they connect, there's no dimensions listed (even on the manufacturer's web site). But it has good reviews and is in my price range.
Choice 3: Banjo Brothers Saddlebag Bicycle Pannier - Probably the best known, right? I know Banjo Bros has a good rep, and from reading the manual on their site, it has a good hook-style system for attachment on the lower rack. Dimensions look good....if anything they are larger than the one's I have now.
So....anyone own these? Any ideas on which seem the best? I really like #1 due to they are separate, but no idea on their quality. #3 seems like a no-brainer, but who knows. #2 is there simply cause it seems popular....I'd really need to hear a fabulous personal testimony from someone who owns one to really move it up the list.
As always, thanks for any input you can give!