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Old 12-06-12, 09:01 AM
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indyfabz
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The Axioms top of the line seem to have more external pocket options than at least some of the Ortliebs. That may be your style, or it may not be.

I have Ortlieb's Bike Packer Plus and Sport Packer Plus. I find them lacking in the area of compression. When not stuffed to the gills, the compression straps on the lids don't cinch down tight. I also need to make some modifications to the racks to keep them from rattling. This is the result of the wide gap created by the lower "hook" of the QL-2 mounting system. And if you want to get something out, you have to unclip and fold back the lid and then loosen two sets of draw strings.

Take my compliants with a grain of salt if you like as I was spoiled. My first set of panniers were Beckmans. Rock-solid, seven-point mounting system with zero rattle. Easy access, with outside pockets, including mesh pockets up front for wind-drying items. Superior compression and bag stiffness.
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