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.Position: Rear
• 19 oz / 540 grams for the set!
• Featherweight 400 denier ripstop Nylon with TPU coating
• Waterproof roll-top design
• 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.
" 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 ultralight - France 2013
7 customer reviews
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.
Excellent for small and light trips
Use mine for commuting. I work at a grocery store and these are great for small grocery runs. Not seeing myself giving these up!
Perfect for my needs
I couldn't be happier with these. Light, waterproof and strong enough, I used them on the Dalton Highway, a good test. Paired them with a VO Constructeur Rear Rack which is minimalist yet strong as well. I prefer the black, though I can understand where others would like to see some bright colors. The best feature for me is the ability to roll them up into a tiny package for travel.
If you like the idea of bikepacking with frame bags and minimalist gear but prefer rear panniers for fit, convenience and/or extra storage, the Dry-Lites are a great choice. Sgt Peter Viol used a set on his rig during the 2015 Tour Divide: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5739901-local-officer-faced-bears-mountain-lions-on-28-day-ride/. Even though they're definitely lightweight, they're tough and waterproof. Just be sure to pack clothing or other soft edged items inside to keep them within the handling range they were built for. A tough rear rack like the Tubus allows you to team the Dry-Lites up with an Arkel Tailrider making a perfect match.
A couple of reviewers have commented on wanting BRIGHT colours for busy roads but those of us cycling on lightly traveled dirt or gravel backroads prefer the black bags for hiding mud/dust/dirt. The easy fix for more visibility is simply to go with one large safety triangle out back (or on your back) or use several as shown in this review: https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/stevestuff/arkel-dry-lites-pannier-evaluation/.
As for the comment about adapting Dry-Lites as front panniers, see the photo example of a cyclist on the Great Divide using Dry-Lites front and back on Flanagan's Ride of the Great Divide Day 19 Basin to Butte Riding with Lug'a and Nicoli to Butte: Lug'a used rear Dry-Lites on her bike while Nicoli had them doubled up at both ends. It might be a case of choosing a suitable front carrier than designing a new style of Dry-Lite.
I like that they can be rolled up, not in the way when not used. Great for extra room needed for clothes when riding in fast changing weather.
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