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At 540 grams, these are the world's lightest waterproof saddle bags.
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At 540gr, these are truly the ultimate waterproof light & fast touring saddle bags. Stand alone use, or combined with any trunk bag. Perfect match with Arkel's Tailrider.


• 19 oz / 540 grams for the set!
• Featherweight 400 denier ripstop Nylon with TPU coating
• Volume for the set: 28 litres / 1708 
• Waterproof roll-top design
• Ultralight horizontal stays kept bags clear of the wheel

• Reflectors on all sides for safety
• Can be paired with any Trunk Bag
• Built-in handle or optional shoulder strap
• Rolls tight for easy storage
• Dimensions per bag: 14.5” X 11” X 5.5” / 37cm X 28cm X 14cm
• Compact rolled size 15” X 4” X 2”

NOTE: Arkel's Dry-Lites are built for lightness and performance. The lifetime warranty still applies, but wear and tear and resistance to impact is less than with Arkel's heavy-grade products.

Below: Dry-Lites paired with the Arkel Tailrider sold separately.

Pair the Dry-Lites with our TailRider Trunk Bag

" I had the pleasure of testing the Dry-Lites in the perfect setting. The French "Route des Grandes Alpes" from Nice to Albertville is the exact terrain and conditions these fully waterproof and featherweight bags were designed for.A full set of evening clothes, including light shoes, rain gear, warm jacket, tablet all fit in the Dry-Lites. The rest of the quick access stuff and the occasional bottle(s!) of wine, fit in the perfectly matching TailRider trunk bag. Coupling the TailRider with the Small Handlebar Bag to carry my SLR camera, was all I needed to ride the challenging route across the Alps. We stayed in small hotels along the way. On day loops, we left either the TailRider or the Dry-Lites at the hotel depending on weather. In short, the available volume combined with the feather weight of the Dry-Lites truly make them the Formula One of bike travel bags." Paul, Arkel Owner and long-time cycle tourist.

Arkel Owner Paul McKenzie cycle touring in France

Arkel Owner Paul McKenzie cycle touring ultralight - France 2013

Arkel Dry-Lites in Action

Arkel Dry-Lites in Action

11 customer reviews

Dry-Lites Waterproof Saddle Bags(Pair) reviews

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(based on 11 reviews)
  1. Great lightweight bags

    By Doug

    I bought these panniers for their light weight, then rode through Maritime Canada. Using lightweight gear, I was able to fit sleeping bag, airmattress, casual clothes, foul weather gear and bike repair kit. My tent fit between the bags on the rack. My total kit was 7 kg,so it didn't make sense to then have heavy saddlebags to put it in.
    Easy to put on and take off, Fit the bike perfectly.,and easy to use as a travel bag when not on the bike. I haven't used them a lot, but there's no sign of wear. I'm very happy with them.
    Thanks Arkel for a great product.

  2. all good

    By rexer

    I researched a lot before I bought these for long distance touring. I wanted something lightweight to fit my front rack, since I already had full size rear bags. The Arkel Dry-Lites are featherweight, easy to get on and off, and ruggedly made. I stuff my sleeping bag into one side, and since I do a lot of desert riding, keep a compartmentalized water bladder filled to the day(s) requirements on the other. My tent bungees onto the top of the rack and I'm ready to roll.

    Fedex screwed up my delivery on the Texas border with Mexico, and Cindy at Arkel got them straightened out without any effort on my part.

    Great company! Great customer service! Great product! Recommend!

  3. A great pannier for dirt / trail bike packing

    By Doug

    Finally found panniers that work great for off road touring. Not to big and dead simple mounting system free of rattles and movement. These things are tough was well. I got stuck on a trail a few miles of blackberries bushes overgrowing the trail. My legs got torn up pretty good but the bags came through unscathed.........was amazed. Great job Arkel!

  4. top product

    By harry

    I have used these bags for 4 years now and drove 8982 kilometer with the Drylites under different conditions in Spain,Austria,Slovenia,Italie,France,Germany etc.
    Some rain, lots of hot sunny weather etc.
    My ultralight bike fell now and then.
    I most of the time travel with a complet very light campingequipment with also cooking stuff on board.
    I put on top of the drybags an ultralight stuffsack and a steeringbag on my handlebar;that s all I need.
    I really have used them intensive but the bags are still in very good condition and waterproof!
    Topproduct ,highly reccomended!!

  5. Great product

    By howlinggrace

    If you are looking for lightweight, look no more, these are big enough for lighter touring, fairly waterproof and reasonably tough. They are not for those who take the kitchen sink, or ride through cactus, but with a bit of care and minimal gear, best choice in a pannier.

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