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  Sackville TourSacks (Panniers) 20215



product code: BASTS


Update for 2013. We no longer provide the bungee balls. Why? We couldn't get any that were NOT made in China, so now we just recommend you use Irish Straps. You only really need one, for the top, but can use three if you need to secure the sides. Four if you want an extra lashing area on top for the tent.

TourSacks (rear or front panniers)

These aren't as waterproof as Ortliebs or as organizable as Arkels. Both of those are excellent bags with different appeals that may suit you better than these do. Heartily recommended, both of them!

Our Sackville TourSacks are almost as simple as Ortliebs, but not quite. They're mid-sized rear bags that measure out at about 1,770 cubic inches not including two big flat pockets in the flaps. And they can easily be overfilled to shoot up to the low 2,000's. That's total, not each bag.

They mount on any pannier-compatible rear or big front rack by simply laying them over the top of it and securing them to the rack with almost anything you can imagine: twine, clips, bungee balls, zip-ties, shoe lace, or our favorite Irish Straps. Depends on how often you need it on-off, which shouldn't be a lot for this bag. You can ride 50 miles or more without securing them, but in keeping with the tradition of bottom-attachments on panniers, we've come up with this simple system. You only need to secure it on top, but there's an ability to secure the bottoms too.

Each side has one big open pocket, and a flap with a zippered flat pocket. The big pocket holds your bulky, heavy items --- food, cooking gear, maybe your tent, clothes, a bag-o-nuts, a block-o-cheese, and so on. If it's dense, put it in here.

The zippered pockets on the flap are flat and good only for small thing and flat things. Maps, small books, tools, wallet, knife, mace, cell phone.

TourSacks are part of the proud SackVille family, designed here and made for us by Waterbury Leatherworks, in Connecticut. The workmanship is not just unsurpassed, but unequalled. All stitches end on the underside of the fabric, and are flame-smeared. There's not a hidden, secret shortcut anywhere.

The olive fabric is Scotland's finest, toughest, most waterproof 15oz waxed cotton, and has to be imported at great expense from a small Scottish company.

The leather and brass are all top-notch and American-made. But as good as they may sound, and are, make sure you're a good match for them.

Do you fold your underwear and sox and organize them by color? These TourSacks are not for you.

On two-day airplane trips, do you still check in a giant suitcase? TourSacks are not for you.

Going on a self-supported Third-World expedition with two-week stints between replenishing supplies? TourSacks, not the ticket.

They're the best bags we can imagine for First- and Second-World tours with modern relatively compact gear, and when supplemented with a basket, rack, and bags up front. The design is simple, clean, and well thought-out. If the designer of your pannier-capable rack had any sense, this should mount just fine. The center fabric on the bags is 13" long and 5" wide. Should work if your rack is anywhere close to that. If it's narrower, the bags will just hang lower.

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4   Write a review.

  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Perfect panniers for a do-everything anytime bike June 7, 2012
Reviewer: Patrick from Pikes Peak, CO  
I got these a few months ago with my new Hunquapillar and have used them for errands, bikepacking trips of up to three days, and they have worked fantastic. Roomy enough but not bulky or floppy or saggy-baggy. I just returned from riding 250 miles of the Great Divide Mountain Bike trail in Colorado and New Mexico, packed with pemmican so I was self-supplied for three weeks (yes, three weeks). That's 20 pounds of pemmican plus my minimal gear in these and an x-small handlebar bag. Rain, bashing, bike laying down on them, they look wonderful and the "beausage" has begun to set in nicely as they are breaking in. Everything stayed dry and clean and the bags were tremendous.

They are simple and easy to pack, snap shut and stay shut, easily adjustable, allow room for tent, sleeping bag, pad, on top while still having access to them, and they are so simple to put on and off that they do not add a burden when I need them. Hearty, humble servants.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Simple, Sturdy, Attractive February 4, 2012
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Huntsville, Alabama  
I've had these for just under a year, and have been very happy with them. They are simple - they don't have too many pockets to dig through. I also like the super simple attach mechanism - no moving parts or plastic to break. Construction is solid, as advertised, and they look great.

My only complaint is that there's no super quick way to get into the main compartment. This only gets to me in that stage of packing when you keep forgetting things once you think you're ready and have the tops buckled down. Really my fault, and I wouldn't trade the metal buckles for anything quick-release just for that.

Regarding capacity - almost all of my lightweight solo warm backpacking gear fits into one of these. With a tent and sleeping bag in waterproof stuff sacks on top of the rear rack, one pannier is left for food. I think that could get me 4 or 5 days of unsupported trekking, but have not been out for more than one night yet.

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  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Good Commuter Bag October 5, 2011
Reviewer: Harold S. from Alexandria, VA  
I needed a good looking bag to carry my lunch and rain gear when commuting to work. This was one of the first purchases when building up an old mountain bike for commuter duty.

 -Look sharp on the bike
 -I tossed the tent ties and just zip tied them on. Easy on and pocket knife easy removal
 - Enough space for a hand-basket full of groceries at Trader Joe's on the weekend.
- Cool brass tie-downs let you strap all kinds of stuff on top. I use it to securely bungee my suite-bag to the rack while commuting to work.

 - Leather closures were long enough to get sucked into the chain on the drive side when the bag was empty. Buckling a few notches looser corrected this.
 - When empty, the bags lack any internal stiffener so they look kinda deflated and the attachment point for a blinky light on the back no longer faces directly rearward.

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  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Good Commuter/Light Grocery Pannier October 5, 2011
Reviewer: Harold from Alexandria, VA United States  
An excellent overall bag, especially for commuting and light grocery shopping:

- Hold about one full hand-basket of groceries. Good for a smaller grocery run.
- Looks sharp. As it gets more worn in, it looks even better.
- Nice brass tie-down on top are ever useful for stuff that just won't fit in the pannier.

- With only one internal stiffener, it looks kinda deflated when not filled. No biggie, except a reflector attached to the back of the bag no longer faces rearward as a result.
- The leather buckle strap looks sharp, but once got caught in the chain because it is so long. Buckling the straps less taught is an easy fix.

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