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Old 12-06-12, 12:13 PM
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I was in the same boat as you and decided to go with Axiom LaSalles Deluxe and really like them. I got them for less than half what I would have paid for the Ortlieb Backroller Classics at REI even with the 25% off. I'm incredibly impressed with the quality, materials and design of the Axioms. I chose the Axioms for the following reasons: No Roll Top, External pockets, Bungee cord top, compression straps, simple yet effective mounting system, and the fact that the bag is tapered slightly (widening at the rear)

I had to be honest about myself about how frequently I was going to be riding in the rain and how necessary fully waterproof panniers were for me. I live in California, mostly tour around the west and prefer to ride in the late spring, summer and early fall. I've only been caught out in the rain a handful of times. I figure I'll pack the sensitive stuff in lightweight drybags and between those and the pack covers I should be pretty good.

Truthfully, can't go wrong with either.
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