Don't let the rain give you second thoughts about riding your bike to work. Just chuck all your stuff in the Topeak Dry Bag DX pannier bag and get on out there. The Dry Bag's waterproof construction will make sure your work clothes or touring gear arrive at your destination nice and dry, no matter what the weather.
Tough, waterproof exterior with sonically welded and fully sealed seams keep the elements out
Watertight roll-top design provides a secure closure that protects your stuff from wet weather and road spray
Quick release hook and lock system is secure, and easy to attach or remove
My commute just got longer and I wanted something I could use year round no matter the weather. I found this on sale and it seemed to fit the bill. I read the review about the pannier falling off, but still took the plunge.
My first impressions were favorable. Nice bright color that will be seen from a distance. Big space that will take a lot of stuff.
I ride in and around NYC so if the pannier falls off after hitting a bump, that would be bad news. So far after many bumps, the bag stays in place. My guess is that those folks with issues with the bag falling off have thin tubed racks and are not using the spacers that came with the bag. I have a thick tubed Topeak rack and without spacers the bag has held tight.
One thing I do miss is having pockets instead of one big bag. I would like to have a small pocket to carry a few basic tools, patch kit and allen keys. That way if I have a mechanical I can get at the tools quickly without digging through the other stuff in the bag.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I bought two of these saddlebags for a week-long back-country mountain bike adventure from Durango to Moab. Needless to say, they're terrible for off-road use!
On Day 1, they both fell off repeatedly on the very first downhill fire road! The second time they fell off, they took two of my spokes with them. An hour later, we were on our way, but for the rest of the trip, my zip-ties, baling wire and duct tape barely kept these saddlebags together.
Definitely avoid these bags for any sort of riding with any sort of bumps in the road! Instead, get something with straps that actually wrap around your bike rack, instead of this quick-release waste of time, money and valuable riding time.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend