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Old 04-02-10, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon
One problem ... liters. I have no idea what "20 liter" bag means. Bigger than 10 liters, I get that, but
But nuthin' . A 2L soda bottle is 2 liters. A gallon of milk is a tad shy of 4 liters. You know damn well what liters look like, better than probably any other volume measurement there is. Most liquid or pourable stuff in a grocery store is sold in metric. (this is why it sends me off in a ranting tizzy every time I find another pannier manufacturer who labels their product in cubic inches... very few people use cubic inches from day to day, so you have no idea what a cubic inch actually can hold)

Pannier volume is typically measured per pair. So the Monsoons are 10L per side. So *in theory* you've got room for 2 gallons of milk on a side, and a soda bottle... but obviously the bottles aren't perfectly compressible. In practice, it'd probably be a bit of a trial to fit more than 2 gallons of milk in, with some other stuff that's more packable around them.

Something that is less obvious is that it's a bit tricky to fit more than about a pound of food per liter. It's doable, but it's not easy. So figure a 20L pair of panniers will hold roughly 20lbs of food. Sometimes you manage a bit more, others a bit less.
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Thanks. That makes sense.

Yes, cubic inches ... not helpful.

REI is offerering 20 percent off and free shipping, so I just scored a pair of Ortlieb Backrollers (and, what's with that name?) for $130, total.

I'll come back in a few weeks with a report.

Thanks again for all the comments.
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Originally Posted by SlimAgainSoon
...a pair of Ortlieb Backrollers (and, what's with that name?) ...
It probably sounds more idiomatic in German. The literal meaning seems pretty obvious to me: you roll with them on the back, as opposed to the Front-Rollers, which go ... guess?
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