Abus Allium 10 Litre Pannier Office Bag  £49.99

4/10

Well made and attractive but lacking in genuine usefulness

Weight 907g   Contact  www.zyro.co.uk

by Leonie Jennings   November 21, 2010  

ABUS Allium Pannier Office Bag

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Bike luggage that transfers from the bike to everyday life is fast becoming the ‘in’ thing, but it’s only useful if it’s, well, useful.

The Allium from Abus is an attractive and well made bag, made from tough water repellent 450D and 630D nylon fabric. It has hardwearing Rixen & Kaul Vario fastenings to secure it to a rear rack, a roomy (10 litre capacity) lightly padded main compartment, a front zipped pocket and a zipped pocket in the flap with a port for a headphone cable. The bag can be carried briefcase style by a top handle, or with a carrying strap. With its chocolate brown and black colourway, with floral motif, it’s a bag styled primarily with women in mind as a general purpose casual messenger style bag.

But here’s the thing. You’d probably not put a laptop in it, even in a waterproof sleeve, since it’s open to the elements at the top and all but the most compact netbooks don’t really fit anyway. The opening at the top means that folders, files etc are prone to water damage even if only from road spray, and yet it is styled as a briefcase type bag. As a general use pannier it’s not really roomy enough for very much, and there are better shaped and sized bags available from Abus for that purpose, making much better value for money. So, in essence, it’s a product without any real niche to fill. It's also expensive for its capacity and usefulness.

I’d be really quite impressed at anyone who could successfully manage to use an MP3 player located in the flap pocket too. It’s not exactly convenient.

Verdict

Well made and attractive but lacking in genuine usefulness. Does not represent good value for money.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Abus Allium 10 Litre Pannier Office Bag

Size tested: 10 Litre

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?

Designed as an office pannier/briefcase with women in mind.

Openings at top make it prone to water ingress and therefore lacking in genuine functionality as a bag for either laptop or folders.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
4/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
5/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
5/10
Rate the product for value:
 
3/10

Did you enjoy using the product? It was fine.

Would you consider buying the product? Probably not.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Not really.

Overall rating: 4/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 1.65m  Weight: 67kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,

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