Avenir double pannier

 

Avenir pannier

This is a well designed, well made throw-over pannier.

The mounting system is a combination of four durable plastic mounting hooks and six nylon webbing straps. The hooks have a double radius design so they can be used on racks with thick tubing or thin. The bottom of each bag is secured with a single quick release buckle. Importantly, that is located at the centre of the base, away from the bike wheel to avoid it becoming trapped in the spokes or drive train.

Large side pockets ensure that valuables can be readily accessed. A central handle means the pair of bags can be carried easily in one hand when they’re off the bike without exposing the rack mounting hooks. That means you avoid scraping the walls or catching clothing.

Thanks to internal stiffeners, the panniers are boxy which means they stay upright when placed on the floor. The fact those stiffeners are individually removable adds a degree of flexibility to this unit, allowing you to just as easily fill it with a sleeping bag as with a stack of books.

Similar attention to detail is is evident in the rubberised zip handles which mean you can open the bag wearing gloves.

Being short, it will just about take some designs of A4 folders but it’s a tight fit and that’s slightly frustrating: a couple of centimetres more on the height would have made this conservatively styled pannier set so much more useful in the workplace. Still, it will easily take four carrier bags of shopping or enough stuff for a weekend away.

The 600D nylon and taped zip seam make this a tough bag but carrying it around has broken one of the top corner seams. It won’t be much longer for this world but it has had four years of regular use and that’s a good innings for one of the cheapest double panniers on the market. You may be able to avoid the corner seam wear by leaving it attached to the bike.

Forget about using the LED loop for mounting your rear light unless you want to illuminate a patch of ground four feet behind you.

Reliability: 7 / 10

Practicality: 7 / 10

Average Score: 7 / 10