GT-18BP Convertible Backpack Pannier (unit)

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Convertible pannier with lots of pockets! This pannier quickly transforms into a backpack. Perfect for exploring the city or trail by foot. Sold as a single pannier, it can be paired with the GT-18 standard pannier for a full set.

If your rack tubing diameter is bigger than 15mm (and up to 21mm), you will need the Oversized Cam-Lock. More details here

MADE TO ORDER: Order before November 15th and receive your GT-18BP pannier in January.



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Key Features

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The GT-18BP is the Backpack version of the regular GT-18. Perfect for the bike and hike trip, for the evening stroll in the park or as airplane carry-on, the GT-18BP is an outstanding multi-use bag. Designed as front panniers to compliment our GT-54 for fully loaded touring, the GT-18’s Backpack exemplify Arkel’s commitment to quality and functionality. The rectangular shape offers the most versatility in terms of lodging capacity. The exterior mesh pocket is great for stashing that rain jacket after a summer shower, and if you are just going across town instead of across the continent, you can also use the GT-18’s as rear panniers. As with the GT-54’s, the GT-18’s come with a fully waterproof integrated liner bag inside the main compartment.
The GT-18BP come as single unit (and not as a pair) so you can decide if you want 2 regular GT-18’s to form a pair, or one regular and one backpack or 2 backpacks. Talk about versatility!

Add another layer of waterproof protection, increase visibility, keep grime off your bags with an Arkel raincover.

Technical Specifications (Unit)

1,2 kg

Weight (2,7 lbs)

18 L

Volume (1100 cu. in.)

Position : Front or rear

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  1. Ekrizdis (verified owner)

    I bought this bag as a smaller-sized commuter bag (which means the Arkel Bug or even the GT-52 model were out of the question for size reasons). I ride with my red GT- 18BP as a rear pannier for a distance of about 25 km daily, after which I use use it as a backpack for several hours a day.
    Quality 5/5 –
    The bag has held up extraordinarily well in the short time I’ve had it. The Cordura fabric of the bag seems virtually bombproof, the dry bag inside is spacious and useful, the zippers feel
    sturdy, and the attachment system is simple and intuitive without sacrificing in quality. Overall an excellent bag.
    Price 3/5 –
    Not much to say here. While I certainly do not regret my purchase, $175.00 USD for a bag, regardless of the quality, makes my wallet weep. Comparable panniers come in pairs at
    a similar price point. This is the only thing about the product I am slightly disappointed in.
    Value 4/5 –

  2. Vinni

    This is, by far, the best thing I have bought for touring, especially the backpack model. In touring, I use them as front panniers. They are perfect to sort all the small things you need during the day (electronic stuff, raincoat, etc.) (I let my rear panniers close during the day and put all day stuff in front). I have one regular model and one backpack model. It is really handy to have a real backpack to use for a day trip in a touring trip. With the backpack model, you don’t need to carry an extra bag for all the days you just want to have a break in town. It is still a pannier, which means, I would use it for a long walk or to carry heavy things for a whole day (the back of the pannier is a bit hard…), but it is probably the best thing you can have in touring. And even if they are a touring model, I use them for commuting all year round. They are sturdy, nice and handy. Definitely a wonderful product.

  3. SysEng

    Well made. Works great front or rear. Backpack is useful for hauling stuff to and from the bike.

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