burleighmanwrote a review of Green Guru Gear High Roller Bike Tube Pannier - 2400cu in on June 20, 2015
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After over three years of use I figured it's about time to let other folks know just how awesome these bags are.
First off - Use. I've used these bags for everything from quick trips to the market to month's long extended bike-touring expeditions. They've been through everything, from the constant moisture of the PNW to the harsh sun of the Utah desert, and they took it all in stride.
My favorite thing about these, of course - the Design. Yes, up-cycled inner tubes means I'm supporting U.S. made, sustainable manufacturing, but even more than that, turns out recycled bike tubes are an excellent material to make panniers out of. They are soft and stretchy, allowing the bag to grow in size for those trips when you're trying to take the kitchen sink, as well as super resistant to rips, tears, and punctures. The roll-top is simple and easy to access, again, allowing the bag to be as big as you need. Rubber is also a pretty impenetrable material, which makes these bags incredibly storm proof. No, they are not waterproof, as the seams are not sealed, but it took the most torrential downpours of the East Coast and weeks-long cloud shrouded rides in the Cascades for anything inside to get just slightly damp. For what it's worth, if I have something I don't want to get wet, i.e. electronics or some extra long-underwear, I'll usually throw it in its own dry bag. The hard-wear is simple and solid and mounts easily to most any rack. Even on the roughest roads and single track these things never bounced off my bike.
Cons? I guess. When I pulled the trigger they seemed expensive, as you can get a pair of waterproof Ortlieb's for just over the price of one. But I've ridden with those too, and have since passed them on, as the High-Rollers are the only bags I ride with anymore. They might be a little heavier than others, but that's on paper, and if you notice that on the road, you're more sensitive than I.
My bottom line is that after 3 years and thousands of miles touring around with climbing and ski gear, these things are pretty much just like the day I got 'em. They're handmade in the U.S., so what else would you expect. I spend my life riding a bicycle because I believe in a future of sustainable mobility. These bags are a reflection of that and Green Guru represents a company that shares my ideology. Plus, they make an awesome product.
Grab a pair and hit the road. You won't be disappointed.