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My Favorite Panniers – Jandd Mountain Expedition Panniers
I have used Jandd Mountain and Mountain Expedition Panniers on many of my extended self contained tours and think they are the best. The Jandd Expedition Panniers are a great choice if you ride a Ryan Vanguard, a Longbikes Slipstream, or almost any LWB recumbent. They are big enough for a self contained trip (6800/9950 ci or 112/163 ltr normal/expanded) and have the right number of usable pockets.
They are also easy to mount and although not waterproof protect you gear quite well. I don’t use pannier covers and even after days of rain have not had a problem. [I have to admit if there are days of rain, I am probably in a Motel and my bags are with me].
I am not a fan of waterproof panniers like the Ortleibs. On extended tours the water that gets in them doesn’t dry well. I find packing every item that you want to keep dry in a plastic freezer bag is more practical and effective. That way the item is protected in and out of the pannier from rain and sweat. The Orleibs are also small and heavy. You really need both front and rear panniers if you use Ortleibs for self contained touring. That approach just doesn’t match well with most LWB recumbents. I know lots of people love them and that that Ortleibs are very well made but they aren’t my favorites.
For detailed information on the Jandd Mountain Expedition Panniers go to Janndd. They normally sell for $249 for a pair but are on sale now for $189.95 in the Jandd Specials. These are seconds and have a little color mismatch between the left and right panniers, but I couldn’t tell the difference on the bike on my set.
There are a lot of Jandd items on sale at their Summer Closeouts. They also make great Messenger Bags, also on sale. If you are looking for smaller bags also take a look in the Specials, Jandd has many of their smaller bags on sale also.
Update: 2/23/08 – 2nds Sale at Jandd - Mountain Expedition Panniers for $218 current list is $284.95