Commuter Panniers



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Waterproof laptop bike pannier (Vertical style design) made for urban bike travel.
Position: Rear
Weight: 1.32kg / 2.9lbs (unit)
Volume: 28 l. / 1700 cu. in. (unit)
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Waterproof logoThis bag will safely carry a laptop
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The redesign SIGNATURE V is a waterproof laptop bike pannier (Vertical style design) made for urban bike travel. This pannier is made with sturdy 1000 denier US-made Cordura® nylon so you know it is built to last. A TPU laminated internal nylon liner with fully taped seams ensures 100% waterproofness. The SIGNATURE V is equipped with the best pannier mounting system in the bike business, i.e. our patented Cam-Lock® attachment system. The super strong and fully adjustable aluminum hooks will safely and securely hold your laptop and gear on your rack. This pannier is handmade in Canada and signed by its maker.

  • Lined with waterproof material and fully taped seams.
  • Padded laptop compartment
  • Zippered pocket inside for smaller items
  • Cam-Lock® mounting system
  • Padded mounting hardware cover for added comfort off the bike
  • Carry handle
  • Comfortable 2” shoulder straps
  • Reflective patches for night safety
  • Shopping bag style carry handles accessible when the bag is fully open
  • Flat bottom allows the bag to stand up 
  • Waterproof liner
  • Made In Canada

14 customer reviews

Signature V - urban pannier (unit) reviews

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(based on 14 reviews)
  1. Love. This. Bag.

    By JeremyHL

    I live in Vancouver and bought this pannier because I often take my laptop on my commute. I needed something waterproof. While my laptop fits very well, the bag doesn't suffer from the overly specific layout that many restricts many laptop bags. It simply offers one big pocket, one small pocket, and the laptop sleeve. This makes it quite versatile considering that I'm often carrying groceries or gym attire. One more detail to add is that the cam attachments can be moved, meaning that you can customise how the bag fits on your rack. Customer service was excellent when I had to return the one I ordered by accident. All things considered, I'm very happy.

  2. Multiple bags: This is my faborite

    By Rr1200gs

    I've been using Arkel bags for nearly ten years now. I have several models include ones for touring too. This Signature is my favorite probably because it's the one I use every day.

    I owned the one that this model replaced and I didn't think anything could be better. I was wrong. For function and carrying comfort the Signature is perfect for work, gym and light shopping.

    I DO think the cam lock is the best in the industry and I've never had a problem with it on any of my bags. Rock solid. Straps? Not satisfied, ... get one you like. They're easy and cheap. The bag itself is brilliant and so durable. Thanks Arkel. I couldn't be happier.

  3. Great pannier, LOTS of room!

    By Rangdrol

    I'm thrilled that a local Quebec maker made this available. Quality product with great space, and excellent design. I love that I can fit so much stuff in this, even grocery shopping. The one thing I wish they had done was provide a padded, reincorfed shoulder strap, to go along with the strap that's on the bag. Since it's so big and heavy, that would be a great version. I also bought the urban briefcase style pannier and that is half the size of this bag and that pannier has the padded strap, attached to the shoulder strap so a bag that is twice as large would have benefitted from that. This is the only design feature Ihope they will implement. Who knows, maybe I can just buy one from them.

  4. Glorious panniers

    By Rehan

    I bought these in a store. I got the green ones, and they are really awesome for commuting. I'm doing 15 miles one way, and they're enough to easily hold all my stuff -- towel, toiletries, shoes, clothes, notebook, lunch, and a laptop once in a while.

    The camlock system is fantastic and really secure. The covers for the cams mean no more digging into my legs from the hooks. And the shoulder straps are easily stowed with the flaps, too. Nicely thought-out throughout.

    The zippered pocket is good for my wallet and cell phone. Otherwise everything else just gets dumped in and balanced. I have no doubt these will last for years.

    They also look great, period. Very classy. Highly recommended.

  5. Not idiot proof

    By Bill

    My use for this bag: commuting w/ a lot of stuff--laptop, clothes, lunch, etc. I wanted to consolidate my two panniers into one and this accomplished that. Plus, I was using a competitors touring panniers which are fairly pricey and I wanted to limit their wear from everyday commuting.

    First the good: this bag had the most capacity out of any non-backpack commuter bag I could find. The inside shopping carry handles are convenient for picking up a full bag and moving it around. It does have separate compartment inside for tools, etc. The copper/rust color looks pretty good. The roll top allows you to make the bag as compact as you need it to be.

    The not so good: I know I'm in the vast minority for this, but I don't think the Cam Lock retention system is the best out there. The bag I received didn't have the loop/handle that actuates the retention system looped underneath the other strap that holds it in. That apparently is a key point. I thought it was odd that there was a loose strap sticking out behind the hardware. You can still pull the handle, the system still moves around, but it has to be threaded correctly for it to work actually properly.

    Second time out using this bag and coming home, I rode over a fairly tall bridge seam and it fell off in traffic. The bag skids and now has two holes in the bottom. I fully admit user error. With the amount of stuff I'd put in this thing, I have no doubt those holes will get bigger and this bag will be done by fall. A commuter bag w/ holes is useless to me--an expensive lesson learned. I'm going back to a less futzy retention system.

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