Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier

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Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier
Nashbar Commuter Garment Rear Pannier simplifies your commute with the ultimate solution for clothing transport. Carries garments wrinkle-free and on full-sized hangers.
  • Easily folds over your bikeĀ¹s rear rack and secures with the integrated attachment system
  • Hangs upright from the top of any door with the included metal door hook
  • Features include carry handles and removable shoulder strap
  • 420 denier nylon material with water-resistant coating
  • Main compartment with external pockets:
      39"X18"X3" Main compartment 10"X14"X2" Side Pockets 6"X13"X2" Ridge Compartment
  • Size: 39" x 18" unfolded
  • 2825 Cu In total volume
Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier
  • MFPARTNUMBER BA-260737-1
  • WEIGHT 2498g
  • CARGO CAPACITY 2825 cu in
  • DIMENSIONS 39" x 18" unfolded
  • NUMBER OF POCKETS 4
  • MATERIAL 420 denier nylon with water resistant coating
  • Rating 4

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GallantNashbar Commuter Garment Pannier
 
3.9

(based on 41 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of storage (20)
  • Durable (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Rugged (9)
  • Adjustable (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (20)
  • Commuting/city (18)
  • City bikes (9)
  • Not just biking (8)
  • Mountain bikes (5)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (11), Comfort oriented (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Office professional (18), Commuter (13), Avid cyclist (8), Traveler (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (16), Business (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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5.0

Well Built and Fitting

By Five-O

from Katy, Texas

About Me Avid Cyclist

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City

Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

Benefits: Very water resistant. Good, large side pockets. Has carrying handle and shoulder strap. Nice reflectors. Good quality materials. Easy to mount. Stable on the bike - it doesn't wobble around.

Cons: 5 lbs when empty (but helps durability). Could use a rear loop for a tail light. Panniers catch air and slow you down some. No instructions.

Watch video on YouTube to see features and mounting.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Fantastic bag for my suit

By Harrison

from Indiana

About Me Competitive Cyclist

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Plastic Zippers

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City

Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

This is a great bag and I'd recommend it to anyone needing to bring a suit or even just pants, shirt and tie to work without having to worry about wrinkles.

I just ordered a second bag after my first one wore out. I had my first one for just under 2 years. I have commuted roughly 6700 miles in that time using exclusively this bag. The bag has taking a hell of a beating commuting 13 miles (roundtrip) each day, year round. I have wiped out numerous times with the bag. A bunch of times were at low speed on ice/snow but I also had a few high speed (20-23mph) wipeouts where this bag skid across the ground and showed no signs of wear.

So why replace it? I recall reading reviews 2 years ago about the zippers being plastic...ah yes, that is the only negative thing I can think of about this bag. The zippers are what holds it back from being a 5/5 star bag. Over the past few months the zippers started wearing out and not functioning properly. They became unstiched from the side pockets and then spots just wouldn't zip (a giant hole in the middle of the zipper, as in it was zipped on either side). I was able to work around this since the weather had been a bit dry and i was still able to open most of the pocket. Some of the zippers became off track and it was impossible to put them back on. And eventually, one side pocket had both zippers come undone which is why I'm buying a new bag. I didn't feel confident in getting the zipper replaced since the bag is water-resistant and the zippers were the weakpoint. I was worried a replacement zipper would be a downgrade to the zippers and in the weather I ride in I really do need good water resistance.

Now, all of those troubles with the zippers happened well after 5000 miles. I definitely got my money's worth out of this bag. The bag is really quite water resistant. If anything gets wet, it's because it's pouring super hard and some water got through the zippers. I usually just packed important items in a plastic bag if I knew it was pouring outside and I was worried about it getting wet. In the two years I can think of this bag I can only think of a handful of times where my clothes got a little wet (full disclosure: I hang my clothes in a thin suit bag so there's an extra layer of protection--but not much, so overall the pannier itself did a great job protecting the clothes).

Really don't know what else to say. This is a great bag. Yeah, the zippers could be better but for the price it's hard to compete. That's why when I was up for buying a new one I had no problems buying this one again since I know it lasted me a long time and it definitely makes bringing my suit to work much easier! If you're not wearing a suit then it may be worth checking into wrinkle free shirts and the rolling technique with other bags, but even when I don't wear a suit to work I'm still very happy with this bag.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Last 4 yrs, 12k mi at least, mostly...

By rhizomaticon2

from Humboldt Co., CA

About Me Commuter

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

    It's getting to be time for me to replace this bag I've owned for over 4 years. I wasn't sure how long it was, and thought it was like 2 years, but my review from 2009 confirms it. I commute about 3k mi/yr, so that's about 12k miles on this bag. As I shop to replace it, and consider buying another one of these (or maybe just repair it), I thought it would be helpful to give the long-range durability perspective.
    In all, I would say it has held up well considering the amount of use I've gotten out of it. The zippers are a weak point: one side-pocket zipper is pretty shot and makes the pocket unusable, and lately the main zipper is starting to have trouble. The nylon is beginning to wear through in the scuff-prone corners and edges. The one side-pocket I still use because the zipper is okay is now starting to split apart at a sewed seam. I had forgotten about the internal plastic hook-hanger etc. because mine broke off early and I never really used it. As someone else said, it's best not to use hangers, and you can hang the bag with the external nylon loop. I still think the bungy hook mounts are a pain, but you do eventually get used to the feel, except when it's really cold and you don't get the hook on the rack and it instead snaps against your fingers.
    I don't suppose we should expect this thing to last forever, especially considering the amount of use I got out of it. But a couple little improvements (better mounts, better zippers, reinforced corners, heavier thread, reinforced stitching at stress points) could make this a really outstanding bag. As it is, I think 4 years and 12,000 miles was a pretty good run for a bag this inexpensive. And heck, I may do some sewing and repair and keep it for another 4 years...

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This bag is game changer...just buy it!

    By Mike The Bike Commuter

    from Alexandria, VA

    About Me Commuter

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Well Thought Out

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

    I've been using this bag for about 4 months on my 26-mile roundtrip commute 3 times a week. Bottom line: I should have gotten this bag 2 years ago when I started to wear coats & ties to work. Stop thinking about this purchase -- buy it and make your bike commute simple again!

    This is what I typically put into this bag for my commute: 2 pants, 2 shirts, 2 ties, one pair of shoes, 2 sets of undershirts/underwear/socks, 1 belt and 2 lunches. I usually use non-iron shirts when I commute but even 100% cotton shirts are presentable when I unpack them at the end of my commute.

    There are plenty of zippered pockets to separate your delicate items from the bulk of your load. The zippers aren't heavy duty but they got the job done.

    I found mounting the bag to the bike rack to be simple enough. The bag includes straps on the front and rear to keep it centered on your rack and stable during your commute but I wound up not using them and just zip tied them out of the way. All garment bags will overhang the back of bike racks (no bike rack is long enough) and this one did too. No big deal.

    If you've read the other reviews, you've seen comments about the weight of this bag and concerns about how durable it will be in the long term. I agree with both. The bag is no lightweight and I am more gentle with this bag than I am with the other Nashbar bags I have. These two things shouldn't stop you from buying it...just be aware up front.

    Buy this bag not because it's super durable or will last 15 years...get it because it just gets your dress clothes to work without drama or wrinkles. It's one less thing to worry about.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    So far so good.

    By Commuter

    from Columbia, MD

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Keeps Clothes Dry

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City

      Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

      This bag does what its supposed to. I've used it only for a little over a month on my daily 8 mile one-way commute. I carry a button down shirt, pants, shoes, extra undergarments, towel, shampoo, etc. just fine. I've been caught in the rain a couple times and this has kept my cloths dry. I do have 2 complaints.
      1 - The bag overhangs my rack a little bit on the back, but its no big deal.

      2 - The bag tends to inch its way forward on my rack as I ride and it eventually gets up far enough that my heels can hit it. It can be annoying but my heels only ever brush by it. I usually reach back and try to adjust the bag.

      Given the price these are minor concerns.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Liking it so far... hope it holds up.

      By The Happy Commuter

      from Berkeley, CA

      About Me Commuter

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Zippers Could Be Better

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

        Use this product at the beginning and end of my workweek. Bring it in with clothes on Monday; return home on Fridays. The smaller zippers seem a tad cheap; I'm wondering how long they're going to last. Otherwise, it works as the product description describes... at least so far.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice idea, good bag...

        By Me

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Commuter

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Convienient
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Evil bungee

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

        I like this bag, it's almost the right size and solves my problem of having 'grownup' cloths to change into when I commute.

        It works better without hangers and I don't tend to put my shoes in it, opting to wear my work shoes.

        I thought about other forms of panniers and wanted the garment bag style and this was really the only one of that form.

        Nice bag.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        One year of great use!

        By Rich

        from Columbia SC

        About Me Commuter

        Pros

        • Does the job
        • Holds enough
        • Mounts just fine

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

          I've had the bag for a year and love it. When I changed jobs, my commute went from 2.5 miles to a little under 10. Also, at my new job, there is a slightly higher bar for dress, including wool slacks and dress shirts. I have a shower at work, so I just need to get my work clothes there in presentable condition.

          Mission accomplished. The bag works perfectly. My clothes look good when I take them out, and there is sufficient room for all of my stuff. For convenience, I supplement the bag with a backpack. It makes it easier to pack since I don't have to be quite as efficient or particular. I ride a Kona Ute, so I have room for the extra pack on my bike. If I rode a regular sized bike, I would probably just use the garment bag only.

          Also, I wear non-iron dress shirts. I'm not sure that standard shirts would do as well, since things are folded up bit.

          Finally, as mentioned, I ride a Ute. I did have to modify the wooden cargo deck to accomodate the clips for the bag. That was a five minute job with a jigsaw.

          All in all, I couldn't be happier with the purchase. The price is right and the bag functions as promised.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great product / Great Price

          By Aaron

          from Camden, NJ

          About Me Commuter

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City

          Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

          This is a great commuter tool for those who need to look professional and still want to bike to work. The elastic straps provided do work depending on what type of Bike rack you are using. I have the TOPEAK Super tourist dx disc and it works great with the garment bag. The elastic straps fit perfectly into the bottom of the rack mount and click into place. It can make the rear of the bike imbalanced if not packed properly and not careful. Def think about upgrading to a puncture resistant rear tire while using the rack and bag...increased weight = more flats if not. have been using the bag for approx 4 months now daily and no issues. Works way better than rolling clothes in a backpack.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is the Answer

          By Seattle Cyclist

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Specialized Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Commuting to the Office

            Comments about Gallant Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier:

            Working in an office a mere 6 miles away from home with a beautiful, paved bike trail and marked bike lanes between, I had but one excuse for not cycle commuting: clothes. I needed to be able to bring slacks and a button-up to work without wrinkles, and this was the sole thing standing in the way. Then I saw this garment pannier, and my hopes soared. So I got one. And it was worth it!

            Clothes:
            The very bottom of the shirts get a little crunched because I also put a laptop in the bottom, but the bottoms of the shirt get tucked in anyway so this is a non-issue. Pants require one fold, and the brief time they spend in the bag isn't enough to wrinkle them. Pants and shirt arrive in presentable condition to allow me to maintain a professional appearance at the office.

            Mounting:
            I noticed some other reviewers had trouble mounting the bag, and this can be confusing at first since there are no instructions. But once I figured out that the hooks on the bungies are to attach to the bottom of my rack, mounting the bag is easy as tying my shoes (with some stretchy laces). When mounting, I let the bag settle back on the rack a little to avoid heel-strike and to provide clearance for the rear clasp. After some test rides, I learned to trust the stability of the mounting setup -- I descent a 430 foot, 9% hill on the way to work and the bag is not one of my worries. On the way back up the hill, I can stand out of the saddle and not worry about it shaking loose.

            Price:
            I've gathered that explicitly stating a price in the review is censored, but let me just say that I've seen a similar product from a competitor and Nashbar has them beat by a mile and then some.

            Storage:
            I can fit office shoes in one pocket, lunch in another, and some odds and ends in the top pocket, such as stuff for the shower. There are sub-pockets on the sides, where I can store things like a wallet, phone, badge, tea bags, headphones, thumb drives, etc. While the storage isn't overwhelming (it does get a bit cramped in the main area when I put a towel in there with the clothing), it is adequate for what I need.

            No longer do I sit stuck in traffic, watching luckier folks zipping by on the bike path. This bag was the answer.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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