Outeredge Small Double pannier  £34.99

7/10

Lightweight panniers for occasional use, but not a commuting or touring option

Weight 600g   Contact  www.todayscyclist.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   August 22, 2009  

Outeredge small pannier

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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.

Verdict

Lightweight panniers for occasional use, but not a commuting or touring option

road.cc test report

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.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10

600g each

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

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,

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