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? for pannier users - Nashbar touring rear vs Perfomance Transit escape

Old 12-26-16, 10:11 AM
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? for pannier users - Nashbar touring rear vs Perfomance Transit escape

hi folks,

i do not use rear panniers but am interested in getting a pair for very infrequent use. the max use these will see will be about 4 days of credit card camping along a bike rail-trail.
looking at these 2 models and if you all can give me your experience with these brands or thoughts about them i'd appreciate it.

TransIt Escape DX Panniers

Nashbar Rear Touring Panniers

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Old 12-26-16, 11:09 AM
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I picked up a set of the nashbar rears when they were having a blowout sale on them and I really like them. Good internal volume, a top pouch on the cover, and a rear pouch with hooks for taillights. I wouldn't say that they are waterproof, but they were pretty water resistant. I liked them and will use them again.
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Nashbar and Performance are sister companies with Performance selling more expensive stuff and has a larger catalog.

Given how infrequently you plan on using them, is there any good reason not to get the cheaper bags (the Nashbar)? Their stuff typically is pretty good quality and with the 22% off sale today, the price is also very good.
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For what you're describing, either set would do. The Transit panniers have a better mounting system, IMO. I also like the additional pockets of the Transit set. I didn't look at the sizing, but my guess is they're probably similar. Before I bought either one, I'd check the dimensions.


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Old 12-26-16, 11:15 AM
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thanks guys
Am looking at the Nashbars but cannot get a good photo of the backs - do they have a full stiff shield to keep them out of the spokes? Also going to be doing the C O canal trail which can get a little rough so also trying to get a look at the attachment system. performance has good photos - nashbars are not as detailed.
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Old 12-26-16, 11:17 AM
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Get the Nashbars... after all they will sit in the closet most of their life.
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Old 12-26-16, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by kbobb1 View Post
thanks guys
Am looking at the Nashbars but cannot get a good photo of the backs - do they have a full stiff shield to keep them out of the spokes? Also going to be doing the C O canal trail which can get a little rough so also trying to get a look at the attachment system. performance has good photos - nashbars are not as detailed.

Nashbars are hook and bungee, with a stiff backing. No retention device other than the bungee, however this did not affect my trip at all. The bags stayed very secure and I never had an instance of one coming off unexpectedly.
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Old 12-26-16, 11:38 AM
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Yea, Performance Inc. bought out Nashbar , Arni Retired , probably to Florida..



How about keeping your stuff in the bags Dry? http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...64_-1___204669

[I use my Ortliebs shopping for groceries, often]






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Old 12-26-16, 11:42 AM
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I have the waterproof Nashbar variant. I don't know what the attachment system on the ones you linked are, but mine have a full plastic back, and attach by hanging hooks over a rack bar and holding on with a bungee strap low. I don't particularly like the system, if you overload the bag and get on rough roads you can easily have it bounce off, but it worked for a week tour for me and is going back on the bike for the next one (probably with some modification to keep it in place better).
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"EDF backing keeps rain or sweat on the outside"

Now that's some add copy. I'd like to meet the person who sweats so badly, their panniers need to be waterproof.

To actually add something to the discourse here...the Nashbar Euro panniers, even though they have a weird shape that you might not love, attach with a hook and flat webbing (and come with rain covers, to boot). I broke a hook after something like 3 months of commuting on it; I bought a Jandd split hook, and with a little sewing of the webbing to take up the difference in length, used it to replace the broken one.
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I bought the Transit Epic DX panniers last year to replace my 20-year old Jannds. They're a little bigger than these, but I've been pleased with them. Used them on 2 weeklong tours plus a couple overnights. Kept my stuff dry in light showers, but I haven't been through any serious rain yet. Easy to mount and stable. If you only plan to tour occasionally either should suit your needs.
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I have a set of waterproof Nashbars. I find the plastic stiffener isn't quite stiff enough. I like to mount my panniers pretty far back and the rear pouch will sometimes swing into the spokes (noisy but doesn't cause any crashing so far.) I have no problems when I mount them just a little further forward, and so far, no heel strikes.

Personally I like a lot of pockets to keep things better organized----on a loaded tour, I don't want to have to search around in a single main compartment fro the one thing i need Right Now. On the the other hand, if I was planning another really serious tour, II wouldn't use the Nashbars anyway---I'd splurge for some Arkels.

For what you describe, the cheapest is probably the best. That was why I bought the ones I use (frequently, for around town use) currently---big sale at Nashbar.
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I have those nashbars and they are pretty darn good. I use them a bunch. The ba ker on em isn't super stiff but the whole package is pretty solid.
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I use the Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers on the rear of my 2011 Fuji Newest 3.0 while touring across the country. In combination with a Transit rear rack. The ones you linked at the Nashbar Rear Touring Panniers and they have 17 liters of capacity each (18.5 if you include the pockets) and weigh in at 3.5lbs for the pair. The Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers are 14 liters each and weigh in at 2.95lbs for the pair. I've used them on all 5 of my long distance tours and they're still holding up well. Took a spill on my bike on my last tour and put a small hole in one but easily patched it using a patch from my patch kit. They're still very much waterproof after all these years.

Might be what you're looking for it you don't need all that space.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Yea, Performance Inc. bought out Nashbar , Arni Retired , probably to Florida.
Not sure if you knew but ASI (Advanced Sports International) purchased Performance Inc this summer. ASI is the parent company of Fuji Bikes'.
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Old 12-27-16, 09:58 AM
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Corporate consolidation continues .. out of the many, few.
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Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
"EDF backing keeps rain or sweat on the outside"

Now that's some add copy. I'd like to meet the person who sweats so badly, their panniers need to be waterproof.
LOL! I sweat gallons but never once had to worry about it reaching the gear in my panniers.
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thanks all

gonna get the nashbars.
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