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Old 01-12-12, 07:01 PM
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Thanks guys. Much appreciated on all of the comments. Just a follow up: Can someone please shed some light on the locking system used for Nashbar panniers? Are they just simple 'hooks'? Pictures would be greatly appreciate




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If you are thinking of DIY and want a small but tough front pannier project I made mine out of two army surplus new special forces butt packs. The only difference in the special forces pack is that it is black nylon not green. There are two eyelets on the back side that are very strong to attach whatever kind of hook you want. They are attached to a strong webbing sewn in to never rip out. Inside the waterproof bag is much taller than the pack so after you fill it the inner bag folds over and out and then the hood folds down and straps closed. Many people change the buckle on these to the newer plastic clips because its quicker to operate than the old style. They are not huge but it’s pretty amazing how much I could get in one. They are about $15 on line but I see them in the local surplus store all the time for around $10. Just a thought.

On the back I have my bikebins that hold quite a bit more. pack shown empty.
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Originally Posted by MrBearSir
Does anybody have anything to say about touring long distances (say, across the states) using '****ty' low end panniers? I'm looking at very basic Nashbar panniers and how I can literally save HUNDREDS of dollars if I choose them over top notchers like Ortleib.
You did not say which Nashbar panniers. I got a set of their ATB panniers for $22 and used them on one tour on the front. I also used one of that pair for a week long supported tour to carry extra stuff on the bike like camera gear and rain gear. I have also used Ortlieb front roller classics on another tour.

Ortliebs (Classic rollers) - waterproof and well built but no external pockets. Nashbar ATB - not waterproof but nice pockets. Nashbar does not mount and unmount as easily with the velcro straps.

I have not decided which panniers to use for an 9 day 500 mile tour this coming summer on the front, but I will be using Ortleib backroller classics on the rear. With one pair of waterproof on the rear, I may use the Nashbar ATBs on the front since the pockets are more convenient.

I have bought Ortliebs from Wiggle dot com and from ProBikeKit dot com. Much better price than other local vendors.
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I just got the Racktime pair from Sierra Trading Post. They seem to be well made and an amazing deal with the extra 30%. Get lots of emails from STP now.
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