Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers

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Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers
Discovering that the rain has infiltrated your bags is like getting smacked in the face with a wet beach towel. Avoid this cycling tragedy with Nashbar's Waterproof Front Panniers. They are made with rugged 400 denier nylon which is scuff, puncture, and tear resistant, and treated with EPU coating on the inside which seals the deal--literally. A roll-top closure makes it impossible for water to work its way in...you pretty much have to throw these panniers in a river to get your stuff wet. With 14 liters of capacity, you can certainly stow some stuff.

For serious all-weather touring capacity, we recommend pairing these with Nashbar's Rear Waterproof Panniers which are a larger version of this item.

  • Durable 400 denier outer material w/EPU coating is ultra tough and totally waterproof
  • Folding "roll-top" closure keeps rain out completely
  • 14 liters of storage each carries quite a load
  • Mounts easily to racks
  • Reflective Logos on side and front
  • Sold as a pair
Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers
  • WEIGHT 1338g (2.95 lbs)/pair
  • CARGO CAPACITY 14 liters each - sold as a pair
  • DIMENSIONS 11-1/2"(L) x 19"(H) x 4"(W)
  • NUMBER OF POCKETS Single compartment
  • MATERIAL 400 denier outer material w/EPU coating
  • Rating 4

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Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Waterproof (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (12)
  • Road biking (5)
  • Touring (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (13), Commuter (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (15), Speed oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Reviewed by 18 customers

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5.0

Wonderl Front Pannier

By Mark

from Davis, Ca.

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City

    Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

    Wonderful front pannier, seem robust, have not used in rain but look to be totally waterproof. Also, I think they look sharp.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Fragile

    By Todd

    from Maryland

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

    Really cheap feeling and very thin layer. Definitely feels like any little nag or rub is going to tear these things wide open. Save your money and buy something decent. Ortlieb or something.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Solid waterproof panniers

    By Marko

    from Seattle

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • waterproof
    • Well built

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

      I bought these to compliment my current Ortlieb rear panniers at 4x the price. The Nashbar panniers are smaller but have a similar build quality. The mounting hardware is quite simple with a hook on the top which hangs over your rack. Note that it doesn't clasp or fasten; it is just held by the gravitational pull downward and with a bungee cord which hooks to the bottom of your rack.
      Simple and effective but probably not quite as secure as hardware which latches.

      I've ridden several hundred miles on trail or road with these and I've had no problems. I look forward to longer touring trips and I have every expectations that they will work well for my needs.

      If I were mountain biking or expecting to have a very rough ride, I would either look for another pannier which has a more secure locking system or I would add some additional straps.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      2.0

      Broke before I could use them

      By Dennis

      from Iowa City, IA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

          I bought these because of the reviews and the fact that they were waterproof. When they arrived I went to try them out on my Surly front rack, the elastic strap that holds the hook pulled out of the retainer first time. Maybe this was just a rare defect and not indicative of the product. I returned for a refund and purchased a different brand.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very high price to performance ratio

          By Skaggs

          from GA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Simple
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • Hardware Isn't Durable

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Light Touring

          Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

          Although smaller, these are fantastic for a short touring trip. Material seems durable, but haven't used them enough to test it. Mounting hardware is essentially a bungee with rubber coated clips - it isn't the strongest, but the hardware will be simple to replace (with something stronger) when/if it breaks.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Two weeks, no leaks

          By Julio

          from Chicago

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Road Biking
            • Touring

            Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

            I used these on a two week tour around Lake Michigan. I didn't ride through heavy rain for prolonged periods, but there were frequent showers along the way. These panniers were indeed waterproof and the attachment system was secure and fairly easy to mount and remove (I used them with a Planet Bike Eco Rack). All the buckles and straps held securely and the mounting points for rear lights are a nice touch. If not for the plastic coating on one of the rack hooks wearing through, I'd give them a perfect rating. Make no mistake; these are wonderful panniers for the price. If you know how to pack lightly, consider two sets, one each for front and back of the bike. Heartily recommended!

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent inexpensive bags that need a little tweeking

            By Hiker Biker

            from Bellingham, WA

            About Me Commuter

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

            Bought these front bags for a bike tour but I couldn't find a front rack that fit my bike. While the search continues, my wife uses them on her back rack for going to the store. They hold quite a bit for small bags, quality seems equal to my more expensive name brand bags and I like how folds and buckles to keep the rain out. The price was half of what other brands are so that's a huge plus. My only complaint is the bottom hook likes to lay flat and it was too closed making it nearly impossible to connect it to the bottom part of the rack. I had to use pliers to open the hook by a few MM making it easier to work with. Nashbar needs to find a better hook that sticks out and catches the rack with ease.

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worked for me

            By d4san

            from Cape May County, NJ

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

                I used these panniers in the spring of 2015 on the GAP trail from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburg, PA. They worked well keeping my gear supported and dry. I didn't worry about packing gear in plastic bags as I had to do for my rear panniers which have worn off their waterproof lining. I liked that these kept the weight of my gear low and let me evenly distribute it along the bike.

                It was a little inconvenient after accessing to roll the opening closed then strap it down and clip it to create the water-tight seal. As opposed to a zipper or top flap. But I was confident the seal would keep out the water.

                I then used these panniers in the summer for my ride on the C&O towpath from Cumberland,MD to Washington DC. It isn't a smooth path. These held up to the pounding without any damage and without popping off my front rack with about 12 lbs in each side. The section of the path from Harper's Ferry to DC was puddles and mud due to heavy rain the night before. The panniers kept everything dry. I ultimately didn't mind the inconvience of rolling them closed to keep out the water.

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nashbar waterproof panniers = DUST PROOF TOO!!!

                By fmajor

                from Front Range, Colorado

                About Me Commuter

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Dust Proof
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Cannot Think Of Any

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City

                Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

                I use these panniers for my 26-mile (round trip) commute. I ride on streets, trails and busy roads in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

                These panniers will rarely see rain, but lots of dust and dirt given our dry climate and have served me very well so far.

                The fabric seems a bit cheap at first, but is actually pretty robust. The mounting hardware is good and hasn't bounced off my rack yet (miraculous given the streets here).

                EXCELLENT VALUE!!!

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great value!

                By Hintz

                from Roseville, Minnesota

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Waterproof Front Panniers:

                  Purchased for touring as my front panniers. Impressed by the quality of workmanship, as good as my $200.00 waterproof German panniers.

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

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