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.
Add another layer of grime and water protection while increasing visibility with an Arkel raincover.
- 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.
6 customer reviews
Ten years and counting
I've had my Arkel Commuter pannier for ten years, and in that time I've used it on countless daily commutes. I can't speak to the current design (it's changed somewhat since my model), but it terms of quality and practicality, it's top notch. The bag is also effectively indestructible – nothing has needed repair. It just keeps going.
Very good but some flaws
After reading a review of equipment for bike commuting, I thought the commuter pannier was going to be fantastic. I bought it based on that review - and I'm basically pretty happy with it - but it's not as perfect as the review indicated. Here's what I've found:
Aesthetics - looks great, and I'm very comfortable using it for business. I don't need to transfer things into another bag. Construction quality is excellent.
Hanging on bike -- I found it difficult to get it to clear my heel. It hangs down quite low and is only slightly tapered -- by adjusting the hooks all the way to one side, adjusting the stabilizer to one side, AND extending my rack to it's extreme position, I did get it to clear - but it was tough. It seems to be working fine now but it took a lot of tweaking.
Space - the opening is very narrow - that is in depth. I find it hard to insert and remove things, and hard to open the top enough to really see what's in there. There's a nylon rain shield at the top which is presumably intended to protect contents from rain. What's strange is you can't pull it all the way shut. It narrows the opening but doesn't close it. So on the one hand, you can't open the top very wide, but on the other hand, the drawstring closure doesn't close it all the way either. It's not very useful - though it could be. My Axiom bags have a similar feature that actually works.
Features - I love the magnetic clip. I really like the two external pockets - though I wish there was an additional outside pocket set up for keys - with some kind of key ring clip so keys can be very handy but not risk falling out. The internal pockets are nice - but as I said before, it's so narrow that it's hard to see what you've got in there. I love that you can cover up the rack hardware so it really doesn't look like a pannier. Nice carry strap and you don't have to take it off to ride.
I plan to keep this because there are very few commuting business panniers around lately and this seems to be the best. Two others I liked are discontinued. It's very good - but it could be great.
Excellent Commuter Bag
My boys gave me this bag for Christmas last year, and I use it on my daily commute, sun, rain, or snow. It holds my laptop, a change of clothes, and lunch, and goes onto and off of my bike in a flash, yet is absolutely rock-solid attached while I'm riding. Outstanding, quality product.
Amazing Product and Service
I'm a sucker for good customer service and products and Arkel has both in spades. This bag is fully functional, comes ready to fit my back rack w/out adjustment, and does everything I need to do. On top of that, an agent called to cancel my 2 day shipping ($22 or so) because it was going to arrive in 2 days anyway -saving me that money. HUGE fan.
I love this bag. Yes, it is not cheap. But it is so worth it. It is everything you want in a briefcase bike bag.
It is tough so it won't be damaged in hard use on a bike. It is good looking with a comfortable strap so you can bring it to the office. It has a lot of space -- more than you'd think looking at the external dimensions -- so you can bring what you need. It has some great external zipper pockets as well to hold smaller items conveniently.
And best of all it has the most fantastic secure system to attach it to your bike rack. This system makes it super easy to attach and to remove the bag, but also amazingly secure. I bet Arkel has a bunch of patents for this system - totally deserved. After using this bag, I cannot imagine using any other bike bag system. In fact, I went out and bought another Arkel bag (I decided I wanted a bag for groceries) because I love this system so much.
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