Safely carry your laptop, extra clothing, lunch and important files on or off the bike. The exterior fabric is a mix of tough and durable 1000 Denier Cordura® nylon and Sunbrella® acrylic, a fabric used in awnings and boat covers. This elegant and super functional pannier will guard against and withstand whatever the road throws at you and will outlast any bag you've used in the past.
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- Weather resistant.
- Inside completely lined with waterproof fabric.
- Built in laptop compartment that can hold up to 15” laptops.
- Internal backplate protects laptop against shocks on the bike and when set on the floor.
- Deluxe shoulder strap (color coordinated).
- 2 outside zippered pockets for easy storage and access to keys, wallet and cell phone.
- Reflective material on all sides.
5 customer reviews
Great on the road; good in the office; my kids can flip a coin for it when I die
After extensive shopping I ended up getting an Arkel Urban Briefcase Pannier about a month ago and I’m really happy with it. I use it as my everyday office briefcase and as pannier on days I cycle to work (hilly 28 mi. roundtrip commute with mix of urban, suburban and rural roads— lots of potholes in the city), which I do whenever my schedule permits all 12 months of the year. I bought it to replace a Vaude Egger, a discontinued model that I totally trashed in about two years.
There’s tons of room for my laptop and paper business files. The layout of the pockets and zipper compartments could be better, but it’s OK. I had to stop carrying a few items I rarely use, but I’ve found good ways to carry the essentials— power cord, extension cord, mouse, MyFi, charger and pens. It looks good in an office or courtroom. The hardware flap works great. The shoulder strap is well made. It’s comfortable to carry on long walks. Best of all is how it works as a pannier. It pops on and off my bike with ease, but feels totally bombproof when attached. One thing I haven’t done yet is use it in heavy rain. At some point I’ll see how that goes.
Heel clearance may be a problem for some riders. I ride a touring bike which by definition has a long wheelbase, but it’s still close. It needs to be mounted as far aft on the rack as it’ll go, and it helps to set the bottom hook at the frontmost attachment point. If that is a concern, I saw that Arkel makes a different version the bag, the Commuter Urban Pannier, that is vertically mounted, portrait compared to landscape if you will.
The bag is sturdy and obviously well made. I chose Arkel partly on the recommendation of a fellow on a forum site who mentioned he’s owned his for 20 years and it’s still in good shape. If that is normal, then the bag’s life expectancy is longer than my own. My kids can flip a coin for it when I die.
Easily the best laptop pannier bag out there. The quality of build is insane, and it's pretty easy to use, with a pretty sleek design to boot.
Prefer old classic style
I've had my bag over 10 years. It is a wonderful bag. But I prefer the old style. From 10 feet it looks like a regular briefcase. I am writing this to let the designers know that if my bag does ever give out Id prefer one that is plain black with no lockouts over 3"
I NEVER write reviews, but as I carry this bag around I truly am amazed by it, so I thought I should give some respect where respect is due.
First of all, I have two other Arkel panniers and an Arkel handlebar bag. When searching for panniers, my local bike shop owner told me, "Save the money and get Arkel. Their quality is unsurpassed." I am so thankful I listened to him. This messenger bag is made of the same quality. It's so wisely designed! From where they put the pockets, to the addition of the ability to put it on a rack, to the see-through pocket, to the cinching line...its a very wise bag. I also love the ability that it stands up and when set down. So smart!
The thing is also indestructible. The bag will probably live longer than me. Seriously, I can't imagine having to buy another bag like this for decades.
The ONLY complaint I have is the shoulder strap when shortened has a no place to really go. Maybe someone from Arkel will tell me what I'm supposed to do with that excess strap ;-)
Seriously. If you can get the dough, buy this bag over the competitors. It's that good.
good bag, but could be better
This bag is tough, no questioning that. It is slightly smaller than my old commuting messenger bag, but that was an oversized bag anyway. The only issue I have found with this bag so far is that the liner is loose inside. The pocket on the flap has so many places for little things to get lost into the lining of the bag by simply trying to open the main bag. To be honest I am not sure why they didn't decide to take a few extra moments and sew those shut. For the price the materials are what you would want, but it feels like they cut corners on the build.
Note from Arkel: The lose lining on the front flap is a defect, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help get that fix.
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