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Old 10-25-12, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Leiniesred View Post
I have a set of Frost River panniers that have held up well and are still waterproof (or at least mostly waterproof) after about 5 years. One side is starting to get holes in the bottom at this point. They are dirty. The leather has faded to lighter than original color and I'm sure the fabric has faded too. Never washed or rewaxed. Never actually off the bike. All of the stitching has held together despite some serious overload situations. Maybe 18,000+ miles on these panniers? Would a synthetic last as long? probably. They need some kind of stiffener to keep them out of the spokes. I use a sheet of corroplast simply shoved in between the cargo and the inside spoke side of the bags.
18,000 miles and you never take them off? Sounds like a pretty good product.
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