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Looking for a pannier that can double as a shoulder bag...

Old 04-20-11, 05:29 AM
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Looking for a pannier that can double as a shoulder bag...

I've had a swiss army backpack that pretty much goes everywhere with me, including (and especially) to work. It has lots of pockets, and a laptop carrying case built into it...but the zipper just broke. I also have this grocery pannier:


It's nice and simple, cheap...good for mass hauling and especially for groceries.

Now, what I'm thinking of doing is getting a slightly beefier pannier set in place of a new backpack, as well as possibly a simple laptop carrying case. I would ideally want something that I could clip onto the rack in classic pannier form and then detach to use as a regular bag once I get to work. The banjo bro can do that, but it lacks smaller compartments for wires, pens, etc (I'm a teacher), and the open storage and rough interior makes me hesitant to put my $1000 Macbook Pro into it. A quick search brought up this as a possibility:

Looks nice, should be able to do what I need it to, but I don't have any experience with the company and haven't gotten to actually see the product for myself (other than pictures).

So...any ideas?
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Old 04-20-11, 10:06 AM
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Ortlieb Office Bag

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Like your Mac, Ortlieb is reassuringly expensive. Waterproof, extremely durable, and the rack mounting system is superb.
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Jeez, no kidding! I hope you at least get what you pay for...that's quite steep, though. Then again, I guess it could be worth it if it holds up...
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I would be cautious about m-wave. The m-w handlebar bag I purchased was less than satisfying and was not suited to daily commuting in the rain. I doubt the zipper on it will last the year. I'm already considering a better replacement for my handlebar bag.
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I just bought a set of Axiom LaSalle panniers. I had an older set that had no strap. Just the right size for commuting... lunch, clothing, tools... but I had to carry them by a hand strap.

With a should strap they are very reasonably priced...

I like the shoulder strap.
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Old 04-20-11, 07:21 PM
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Arkel makes backpack panniers, they're pretty slick


edit: I forgot about the switchback packs, check these out too


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Ariel also makes a metro tote/pannier that fits your needs. Don't have that but do have several of their bags and am very pleased with the quality.
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The Axiom U of A is a nice bag. It includes a laptop sleeve. I use it for my commute. The attachment system isn't my favorite, but it works fine.

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Old 04-23-11, 06:17 PM
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Stumbled upon this bag today. Bit pricey but it's handmade in Portland, OR and customizable too.

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How about either making your own or having someone do it for you? Take the elements that you just loved in your old favorite bag, add new details, and then you will have your dream bag. Be sure to check out the large sewing pattern companies as they are now churning out many new designs similar to your old favorite.
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