For the last 10 years or so, I've done all my grocery shopping with a pair of Trek grocery bag panniers. Aside from a terrible attachment system (which I replaced early on with some Arkel hooks), they were pretty much the ideal grocery pannier for me. Unfortunately, they're now falling apart beyond the point that duct tape can help, and Trek no longer makes them. So I'm looking for a replacement.
There are a few things that made these bags great:
* Top loading
* Large capacity (about 1250 cu inches each)
* Tall/narrow shape carries a load better than the short/squat design of many grocery panniers
* Open top means I can carry tall items sticking out the top of the bag (I actually do this fairly often)
* Compression straps cinch down the top of the bag so my stuff doesn't fly out
I've done some searching and come up with a few potential successors. But I can't find any of these locally to check them out.
Banjo Bros Market Pannier. These are my current front-runner. But they do have a lid and I'm not sure how well things would stay put if I left it open to accomodate a tall item.
Sunlite Grocery Getter. These look similar to my current bags but I can't find much information on them. Has anyone used them?
Bontrager Market Pannier. These look about the right size but Bontrager doesn't list a capacity for them. The backpack straps could come in handy on occasion. But they also have a lid that could get in the way.
Bontrager City Grocery Bag. These look a little bit short and squat. The capacity is listed but I can't find the dimensions anywhere.
Does anyone have thoughts about these panniers? Or another option that I missed?