Thread: Pannier talk
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Old 01-14-19, 12:58 PM
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I bought a pair of Ortliebs (Sportspacker +) a dozen years ago, and still use them for daily commuting. Also have a pair of Bikepackers (big 'uns) for touring, and a replacement set of SPPs in case I wear the first pair out.

One of the daily-use panniers got scuffed up in a spill on tour. 300 pounds+ going down at 30 mph might do that. There's a minor leak in that pannier, but it's not enough that I've ever been motivated to track it down or try to fix it. I wrap commuting clothes in a bag to keep them clean, and if it's rained an inch or more during my 45 minute commute, the outside of the bag feels damp.

Other than that, they're still waterproof, easy-on/easy-off, and I've had no problems with the attachment. (The bags stayed on in the crash, FWIW.) I've replaced the male buckle clips ($15 total plus a half hour of pfaffing) a couple years back. Those Ortliebs are like the Energizer Bunny -- they keep going, and going, and ...
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