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Old 03-21-08, 12:29 AM
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Pannier Rain covers falling off?

Anyone ever had their rain covers fill up and fall off or just collect water in the bottom and saturate their stuff?
I friend of mine told me about this happening on an organized tour he went on, but he may have been being hyperbolic.
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Old 03-21-08, 12:32 AM
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The ones we used had a drain hole on the bottom, maybe he put in on wrong?
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I ride with a black cloud over my head through everything from light mists to torrential downpours. I use pannier covers and have never had a problem with them falling off or filling up ... even when I accidentally put the drain hole on top.

However, even with the rain covers on, in a torrential downpour, your stuff will get wet. Those covers are great, but they are not perfect. Therefore, I line my panniers with black garbage bags. One black garbage bag in each pannier has kept everything nice and dry ... no matter what weather has come my way on tour.
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Old 03-21-08, 12:46 AM
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Originally Posted by xilios View Post
The ones we used had a drain hole on the bottom, maybe he put in on wrong?
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Old 03-22-08, 02:03 PM
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I have used the raincovers that go on Arkel T42 with no problem, even in high winds. Like Machka says...they are not 100% waterproof.
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We found the Arkel raincovers pretty much useless except in a very light rain. However, when we tour we never seem to get a "light" rain. If it's raining, it's RAINING - so the pannier covers didn't help. We use the plastic bag method and that works just fine.
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Garbage bags.
One for my body and 4 for the panniers.
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Old 03-23-08, 01:47 PM
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My Arekl T-42 were actually shipping water in from the back side...the rain covers don't cover that. Arkel pannier are not waterproof in my experience. One real problem with rain covers is that if you are in a howling wind and need to get into the bag, it takes three hands to keep from having the raincover go for trip. Ortleibs are waterproof and do not need covers.
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ortleibs would be great, but are out of my price range. I like my axioms so far, i dont know if they're waterproof but they certainly could be.
I just want something with external storage pockets for stuff i might want quick access to (rain gear, spare water bottles, etc). I have the axiom typhoons but they're a little small. I'm thinking i'll get a front rack (jaand extreme), move them to the front, and get a larger pannier for the rear. ortlieb bike packer pluses would probably be ideal, but the shop i work at can't get them.
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
ortleibs would be great, but are out of my price range. I like my axioms so far, i dont know if they're waterproof but they certainly could be.
I just want something with external storage pockets for stuff i might want quick access to (rain gear, spare water bottles, etc). I have the axiom typhoons but they're a little small. I'm thinking i'll get a front rack (jaand extreme), move them to the front, and get a larger pannier for the rear. ortlieb bike packer pluses would probably be ideal, but the shop i work at can't get them.
Abus makes waterproof panniers similar to Ortleib with external pockets. They are less expensive than Ortleib too.
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Cant find Abus through Google. Any help?
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abus... i'm intrigued as well
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Originally Posted by paxtonm View Post
Cant find Abus through Google. Any help?
It seems that they have discontinued the waterproof line for an 'urban' line. You still might be able to find them on ebay, though.

http://www.abus.de/us/main.asp?Scree...rtikelGrID=100

EDIT: The Abus panniers appear to be the same as, or very similar to, the Axiom line of waterproof panniers. Most likely they are made in China OEM and then branded. They can be found for a lot less than MSRP.
http://www.axiomgear.com/product/bags/waterproof_bags/
http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...rand=24&type=T

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My Aekel XM-45 rain covers have a mesh bottom to let water out. I have not had a problem keeping things dry in these panniers with the rain covers on.
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