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Outeredge’s small panniers are just right for light loads, club runs and seatpost mounted racks like the ETC with pannier frames. However, while having some nice touches such as rain covers and surprisingly effective mounting kit, they’re not tough enough for regular commuting, let alone touring.
Thin nylon construction is supplemented by a sturdy mounting plate and sensible hooks commonly found on more expensive commuter panniers and the contrasting corn embroidery looks very attractive into the bargain. Inside the main compartment of each 14 litre bag is a waterproof inner with draw- string closures and a day-glow waterproof roll top cover to keep the elements firmly outside.
Fit seems generally universal with the nylon hooks enjoying secure purchase on most diameter rack tubing from oversized tubular steel through to more modest alloy variants and while feeling a little low rent, the elasticated S hook delivers reliable purchase in most conditions. The main compartments will swallow a lightweight U lock, training jacket, Digital cameras, spare tubes, food and other nick-nacks while the smaller pocket plays host to the rain cover and but makes a good stash point for keys, multi-tools, wallets and anything else needed at short notice.
While the materials-especially the unlined base feel very thin, they stop short of being flimsy and have resisted the advances of bramble and other aggressive foliage surprisingly well and so long as you bind the elasticated cord tightly, there’s surprisingly little sway. By the same token, they’re easy enough to remove and carry about thanks to sturdy straps but I am partial to mounting LED lights on bags and was disappointed not to find an integral loop.
Spend a bit more and invest in a small pair of waterproof panniers with welded seams for more regular use/commuting or indeed weekend touring but for club runs or situations when some extra carrying capacity is needed but without the weight penalty these hit the spot.
Lightweight panniers for occasional use, but not a commuting or touring option
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Make and model: Outeredge Small Double pannier
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Outeredge are a small pannier intended for day rides and occasional use and in this context they do the job
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
14 litre capacity, shoft-shell nylon construction two compartments (each), large tactile, rubberised zip-tags, sensible plastic hooks offer good purchase on most rack diameters. velcro strapping and elasticated cord provides additional security. Carry handles and rain cover are nice features too.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
These small panniers have been surprisingly good for day runs, twenty eight litres being fine for most, although the absence of a solid base sees heavier items such as U locks make their presence felt. However, even with a quite heavily laden bag sway is minimal and the rain cover very practical. However, an LED tab would've been nicer still.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Compact siziong with good detailing for the price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Thin material and unlined base.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)