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Old 02-04-10, 02:02 PM
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Racktime Travelit Panniers

I've searched for and read a lot of information on panniers but haven't found anything regarding this one, https://www.therandonneeshop.com/prod...FRMMDQodOBG-Gw.

My wife and I are considering them for week-long trips, camping and resupplying daily; the price and size seem to fit our needs. We have a good deal of experience lightweght canoe and kayak tripping but bike touring is new for us and any advice is welcome.

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I've been looking at the TopIt model, should a front rack become necessary. Not much info out on the line, though...
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I have not seen those panniers before, but they look fine and they use the Ortlieb Q1 attachment system. I have Ortlieb back roller panniers that use the Q1 system -- I like that mounting system, as do most who use it. Since you canoe and kayak, you probably have dry bags, but if not, the Ortlieb back rollers are waterproof and I use mine as dry bags when I go one canoe-camping trips, so the Ortlieb panniers are multi-functional.
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good stuff, high quality, utilizing dobby nylon and corduras and some racktop proprietary fittings, made by a subsidiary or partner company with Ortlieb and Tubus.

they travel-it panniers are quite nice for nylon panniers, taped seams, comes with rain cover and Ortlieb's classic Q-1 attachment system. I was looking at them a couple of days ago at the shop.

I'd say go for it, the stuff is good quality, one of the best, easiest to use rack attachments in the business and value priced. i haven't used the bags myself but do use one of the racktime racks on my TravelersCheck. solid.
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Sorry to resurrect an ancient thread, but had anyone had further experience with either the TravelIt bags, or the large or small TrunkIt rack-top bags?

I need to acquire some inexpensive touring panniers and these seem really nice for the price. They're big and have plenty of pockets. The biggest down-side is they're not waterproof, but I figure they're probably good enough for me between the rain covers and a coating a water-repellent spray.
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There are three of us who tour together. Two of us have had Travelit panniers for a little over a year. Our third rider just purchased a set. We're planning a slew of short tours in the next year and a half. In addition, in 2012 we're planning a coast to coast tour from Yorktown, VA to Florence, OR, and then on down to San Francisco, CA. Eventually we should have three perspectives concerning these panniers.

Personally I really like mine. They are roomy, and convenient. With the extra pockets on front and back panniers I can get to things that I might use several times a day, or need to get to without digging into the pannier main compartment. The rear panniers have the large storage area, but also a roomy back pocket, an open mesh pocket, and a pretty good size top pocket. Then the rain fly has its own pocket and is attached, so I'm not going to lose it somewhere. The front panniers have the same pockets except for the roomy rear one. The Q-1 attaching system really makes it easy to install and remove each pannier. The attach system also provides a secure lock, so the panniers aren't going to bounce off the racks while riding.

I understand that Racktime is part of Ortlieb. These panniers are of very good quality. The only thing I haven't had the opportunity to test is their water resistance. As I mentioned above they do have a rain fly, and I'm confident that they are pretty much rain proof. However, I still pack most of my stuff in plastic bags before I pack them into my panniers....better safe than sorry.
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley
There are three of us who tour together. Two of us have had Travelit panniers for a little over a year. Our third rider just purchased a set. We're planning a slew of short tours in the next year and a half. In addition, in 2012 we're planning a coast to coast tour from Yorktown, VA to Florence, OR, and then on down to San Francisco, CA. Eventually we should have three perspectives concerning these panniers.

Personally I really like mine. They are roomy, and convenient. With the extra pockets on front and back panniers I can get to things that I might use several times a day, or need to get to without digging into the pannier main compartment. The rear panniers have the large storage area, but also a roomy back pocket, an open mesh pocket, and a pretty good size top pocket. Then the rain fly has its own pocket and is attached, so I'm not going to lose it somewhere. The front panniers have the same pockets except for the roomy rear one. The Q-1 attaching system really makes it easy to install and remove each pannier. The attach system also provides a secure lock, so the panniers aren't going to bounce off the racks while riding.

I understand that Racktime is part of Ortlieb. These panniers are of very good quality. The only thing I haven't had the opportunity to test is their water resistance. As I mentioned above they do have a rain fly, and I'm confident that they are pretty much rain proof. However, I still pack most of my stuff in plastic bags before I pack them into my panniers....better safe than sorry.
Any updates on the status of these post trip, Gus?
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley

I understand that Racktime is part of Ortlieb. These panniers are of very good quality. The only thing I haven't had the opportunity to test is their water resistance. As I mentioned above they do have a rain fly, and I'm confident that they are pretty much rain proof. However, I still pack most of my stuff in plastic bags before I pack them into my panniers....better safe than sorry.
not to pick nits, but....Racktime's parent company is actually Tubus Carrier Systems GmbH, the maker of the "world's strongest bicycle carriers" The Racktime racks are aluminum instead of steel like the Tubus racks. The bags are no b.s. Well designed and well made.
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Just that, being sewn .. there are needle holes, hence rain-covers needed,
if weather gets wet . plastic clips are same as the Ortlieb seam welded dry bags

Bruce Gordon's racks were apparently not included, when they claimed..
"world's strongest bicycle carriers".. as they are equal, or better..

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These are on sale at Sierra Trading Post. They seem well designed and constructed, well worth the under $50 cost. I have not used them, only trial mounted to the bike.
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Trying to search everywhere for the front panniers in Dark Chili, but no success. Everyone I've called, including OrtliebUSA is out of stock and I'm pretty sure this is a discontinued color. Anyone have any suggestions on where I could locate some? I already have the rear panniers and handlebar bag in Dark Chili.. Thanks so much in advance.
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Originally Posted by glowjangles
Any updates on the status of these post trip, Gus?
Rode RAGBRAI self contained...still no rain...my panniers worked perfectly. Absolutley no issues.
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Originally Posted by glowjangles
Trying to search everywhere for the front panniers in Dark Chili, but no success. Everyone I've called, including OrtliebUSA is out of stock and I'm pretty sure this is a discontinued color. Anyone have any suggestions on where I could locate some? I already have the rear panniers and handlebar bag in Dark Chili.. Thanks so much in advance.
Buy another pair of rear Dark Chili for Sierra Trading Post for $46 (when on sale) and use those on your front.
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STP gets close outs, so that color may be as well, don't sweat the bag matching.
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STP still has the Dark Chili.
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I like the looks of those. Also, that rack they're selling at STP (the tourit) looks pretty nice, but I'm not so sure about the bags they have paired with it.
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