Orca 45 waterproof panniers equipped with the patented Cam-Lock® mounting system. Our welded seam technology ensures that the bag will stay dry no matter the conditions you ride in and our patented Cam-Lock® mounting system will keep the bags on the rack, regardless of the load or road conditions. No one else offers such a solid and reliable mounting system for bike panniers. Many smaller details make this bag unique, an internal organizer for easy access to documents, maps, tablet, wallet, etc. This means you won’t have to empty half the bag to reach these. A plastic protector at the bottom backside of the pannier adds protection between the bag and the rack and will avoid any premature wear caused by friction against the rack. We also added D-rings for an optional shoulder strap. This is very practical when travelling at the airport or simply carrying your panniers around at the end of a long ride. Many small details make these panniers functional, durable and most importantly fun to use.
- Fully Waterproof RF welded seams.
- Patented Cam-Lock® mounting system.
- Front exterior zippered pocket.
- Internal organizer for important papers, tablet, etc...
- Tabs to mount blinker lights.
- Reflective material on all sides.
9 customer reviews
Excellent, durable packs
I've been using Arkel panniers for many years, my XM series had been my go to gear for long tours. Although I still love my XM's, recently switched to the Orca 45 and 25 combination. These are excellent panniers; hold a tremendous amount of gear, waterproof, and the rugged material is simply awesome. I like that the bottom protector can be removed - that was a big help when I needed to flatten out the panniers to store in a duffel bag for a plane ride.
I was concerned at first about heel clearance, since I have a size 14 foot and that was one of the reasons that I bought the XM's with their narrow design. But I've used the Orca on several racks, even on a folding bicycle, with no problems. On a Tubus Logo with the lower top rail, it would mean retying the bungee cord to shorten it. Just ended up using my Tubus cargo rack instead.
Price wise they do some a bit high when compared to Ortlieb, although the Orca's do have an additional small outside pocket that the Ortlieb classic lack. All in all, these panniers look to last a lifetime.
Great product, great design, great quality
I really think these are great panniers. I recently upgraded from low quality panniers I found on Amazon that got me started, and now that I'm interested in getting into touring, I wanted larger and higher quality panniers. This definitely fit that description, and I'm happy I got this. 210$ is definitely not an easy price to handle for the average person, but they're obviously high quality and I'll most likely not need to buy new panniers for many years to come, so it's an investment worth making.
The panniers are just perfect. A 12-pack of beer in bottles fits right in ! Love them !
Great pannier. Been using Arkel for awhile in Seattle. These really work great and they also look really good on the bike. Love the Orcas and the arkel cam system is second to none. At around 100 per pannier the price is very reasonable too. All in all I'm very satisfied and felt good supporting goods made in our neighbor to the North. Would recommend and buy again.
I use these panniers to bike to work. So far they have worked great. I have used these for the last 2,000 + miles on my bike. I loved the can not say enough good things about the cam locking system and the quality. The Arkel Panniers have the best attachment method I have seen. These would work great for touring, but are also good for commuting. The exterior of the bags does get marked up if you lean the bike up against objects. As another reviewer noted, if you are in a consistant down pour sometimes you do notice your contents are a bit dam. I did notice this on a day when I went riding in a heavy down pour and flooding, but was not sure because I put damp items in my bag. Personally I can say that I would not have any hestiation about putting a electronic device (cellphone, laptop etc.) in the panniers and riding in a rain storm. I have done so several times and have not had any issues.
I would say if you do not have a kickstand buy black bags... the Arkel logos are reflective and noticable at night. I noticed that the black color seems to hold up better compared to the red. The pockets on the Orca's are great quality and were a great upgrade over the previous Orca 40 bags. Another huge plus is that Arkel does sell patches for their bags. So if life happens you can always patch them! Great panniers I would not recommend anything else.
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