Choosing the right pannier is not always an easy task because you’re not planning to do just one thing. Here are some pointers on how different needs may affect your choice.
is one of the most important aspects. Don’t buy bigger than you need because it’ll be dead weight – and cumbersome too. The same holds true for touring or commuting.
are mostly a personal choice, but be sure to have enough pockets for your basic needs. Trying to find the keys to your house at the bottom of a pannier is never fun.
is also highly personal just as pockets are. Top loaders (like the XM-45 or Dolphin 48) are inherently versatile but sometimes a pain to use, while front loaders (like all our GT-54’s, GT-18’s, T-42’s and T-28’s) are easier to organize but contents shift more inside.
is always a factor. Just as quality. We always build the best, strongest panniers for the money. Features will be the determinant factor as price is concerned. Buying a more expensive pannier in our line does not mean stronger or better, but more features. Choose within your budget. You’ll get the best pannier you can have
how will you use your panniers?
Heavy commuting, daily, whatever the temperature
We’d have to say the XM-45. It is a highly versatile volume and a very durable package. It doesn’t have some of the “user-friendly” features of some of our other panniers, but you’ll gain in versatility.
Occasional commuting and weekend errands
The XM-28 offers a bit more volume than the above-mentioned T-28 and has the versatility of the XM-45. It is a top loader, meaning it will compress or expand readily to carry bigger loads, such as for a picnic to the park. The quality is unmatched because we know you’re not planning to buy any other pannier soon.
Business needs or clean presentation at school
Another option to the Bug is our Briefcase, which is quite clean and professional. For office workers the briefcase is the best solution, with enough space for files and spare clothes in separate compartments.
Touring, from B&B type to months-long on the road
Being self-supported requires more organization then during a day ride. What is easy to live with during a day can be enormously annoying after a week. The GT-54 is the most developed set of panniers ever created for self-supported touring, along with the GT-18 front offering. Removing some pockets also makes them usuable to replace the T-42 in many occasions.
Light commuting, when the temperature permits
Probably volume is not critical and simplicity is an advantage. The T-28 is a no-frill pannier, easy to use and with enough chic to satisfy the ego. That could be your best bet. For a bit more features the GT-18 is a sweet one too.
School and all-around errands
School has its own set of requirements, one of which being the need to carry big books. Another would be to comfortably walk long distances. The Bug is more rectangular in shape and converts in a daypack for easy walking. We are the only one offering this, to our knowledge. You’ll get the best pannier you can have
Weekend picnics, B&B touring, occasional touring
Built like tidy suitcases, the T-42 are well-mannered and organized panniers allowing for all the amenities of civilized touring, be it for one day or many. It is easy to live in and out of these panniers, even for weeks during organized trips. Match them with the versatile T-28 for extended capabilities and some self-supported touring.