Friday, April 27, 2012

Waxed Canvas Panniers.

After enjoying our last S24O, I have decided that I am going to invest in a new set of rear panniers. The panniers I have now are an old Cannondale pair. While they are functional, I have two issues with them.

1. The waterproofing coating really stinks, I am not sure what makes old waterproofing stink so much. Blah!
2. I just find that they are not big enough for my gear. I like to travel in cooler weather and that means some woolens, which tend to be a tad on the bulky side.

I paid a $2 for the Cannondales at a yard sale, so I have gotten my moneys worth for sure! Looking at the panniers below, I am sure I could sew my own, however As much as I like constructing, I enjoy supporting other craftsmen. With being in the market and looking around I am really interested in a set of waxed canvas panniers and prefer made in North America. There are three that have caught my eye thus far, and they are...

1. Frost River's Highway 1 Panniers. $190


They are really nice, I am totally digging the no buckle / piece of stick aspect, while some say fiddling with string might get difficult with gloves on, plastic buckles can break. I love the aspect of the typical "Duluth" style pack, but in pannier form. My only concern is they do not post measurements for the panniers, I have sent a email to inquire.



A Slick looking set of panniers made by a two person operation in Seattle. I love the side pockets and the cut aways for extra heel room. Also really digging the extra external pockets, for quick access to things, and the water bottle pockets is a nice touch.



Again a small cottage brand, with tons of care put into the construction. Again I like the front pocket of these, and the roll top design really seals out water, although it does seal it in as well. These I find look more military than the others, but I still really like them. I have a piece of army kit that looks almost exactly like the front pocket of these panniers. Carsick also makes a set without the pocket in a nice chocolate brown that are also a option?

I know Canada has Arkel Panniers which are top notch, but I am not a huge fan of their design and color choices. What are your options? which of these do you like? Any other recommendations?

5 comments:

  1. here's an option: http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/ostrich-panniers.html

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  2. As frequent visitors to your blog, we are flattered that you included us (Carsick Designs) on your list. We will be stocking our store with a batch of new bags in the next couple of weeks. You may want to check out Laplander Bags also, they do some beautiful work.

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    1. Hey Guys, Thanks for the comment! Now Brian your last name is Laplander is it not? Are these your side project? Are you making any more with the side pocket?

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  3. Yes my last name is Laplander, no relation to Laplander Bags, just a coincidence. We are in process of making several sets with side pockets in a variety of colors.

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    1. Wow Small world! Looking forward to seeing some Pictures!

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