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Easy to use Pannier/Backpack combo. Converts from pannier to backpack in seconds.
|- Helmet Holder Flap
- U-Lock Storage
- Sealed Weatherproof Zippers
|- Quick Access Pockets
- Full Access Main Compartment
- Side Mesh Pockets
|- Cam-Lock Mounting System
- Lifetime Warranty
|- 1000 Denier Cordura Fabric
- Reflective Logos On All Sides
|- Padded Laptop Pouch
- Rain Cover
16 customer reviews
Excellent bag with a few recommendations
This is the bag that I've always wanted and I finally found it!
What I like:
Easy on/easy off
Secure when attached to bike
Easy to convert to backpack and back to pannier
High quality materials/durable
Convenient helmet pocket/U-Lock pocket
Nice mesh pockets on side for water bottle
What could be improved:
The shoulder straps on backpack tend to slide back on shoulders so I recommend that Arkel add a sternum strap. I added one to my pack with a buckle and it now works great!
I also think, as somebody else mentioned in this forum, that the pockets are too deep (the main and secondary pockets) and it is hard to get things out that have slide down deep inside. I realize that the larger pocket is probably designed to accommodate laptop storage but I personally would prefer that the pockets be divided into more pockets to divide the space and make things inside easier to access. It is a pain to have to take everything out to get the one item that might have slide down to the bottom.
That being said, I am very happy with this bag and with my newly added sternum strap, I'm loving it. It makes bicycle commuting and errand running a joy!!
Perfect for Commuting
I use the bug for carrying my laptop and work clothes / shoes to the office each day. When I first purchased the Bug, I actually purchased a pair thinking I would need both to carry my clothes and laptop. However, I found that I could fit everything in one bag. I didn't purchase the Arkel laptop sleeve that suspends in the bag; however, I do use padded sleeve to protect my laptop in transit.
I also do several weekend tours (150+ miles) for BikeMS and can carry all my overnight supplies between the two bags.
So far, I have had the bags for over about 16 months and they are still going strong. The rain cover has also seen considerable use and I haven't had any issues with anything getting wet in the bag. I think these will last quite some time.
almost exactly what I was looking for
I have used this backpack/pannier for two months and I am very pleased with it so far.
-It really is what it says-- a pannier and a backpack in one.
-When it's correctly affixed to your bike, it doesn't come off until you take it off.
-Taking it off your bike is super easy.
-Zipper for the large compartment goes most of the way around the bag making it easy to access items on the bottom of the bag.
-The quality of the materials and construction seems high.
-It has lots of useful smaller compartments.
-It's smaller than my old backpack, so I can't fit as much.
-The straps aren't as comfortable as my old backpack, so I wouldn't want to wear it for very long.
-The conversion process from backpack to pannier is a little time consuming, but it does get easier the more you do it.
-Putting the pannier on your bike can be a little tricky, but it also gets easier the more you do it.
Overall, it's currently the best of its type on the market, IMO.
Good, but could be better, especially at this price
My Arkel front and rear panniers have been rock solid on really tough bike tours (Ecuador, Peru, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Romania and more) but I had a problem with the Bug some time ago and have not used it much since: The back-pack arm strap stitching became undone so that the arm straps came away at the top. Arkel offered to repair them, but that would have involved shipping the bag, to someone they used in the US, from the UK, and it wasn't worth it for me. The mesh pockets on the outside were not that tough either and not durable enough to hold a U-lock for every-day commuting. The fixing points for the rack hooks were on the inside of the pack and bare so that anything in the bag rubbing against them could be scratched. The bag is not waterproof and the problem with the cover is that it won't cover the bag entirely when on the rack, because the points where it hooks onto the rack need to be exposed (their better panniers have an internal waterproof cover stitched in that works well). They may have improved on these features recently, but it is not possible to tell from the video and photo's. Arkel make really good, well designed panniers, but this is the one I wish they did better because it is hard to find a good waterproof pannier that works well on and off the bike.
Good, but could be better
Wish it had one or two more pockets--zip that aren't so deep.