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Commute with confidence.
Chrome, the mavens of commuting equipment, built the Saddle Bag Rolltop Pannier to keep your essentials protected during your commute. Chrome’s unique knurled welded construction makes for an incredibly durable bag that’s waterproof, without unnecessary bulk. And that helps to make this a true long-term piece that just may outlast your next bike or three.
This bag is constructed out of waterproof 600 denier nylon up top, with an abrasion-resistant Hypalon base panel. The panels are bonded by a knurled welded construction, which uses high frequency radio waves to permanently bond the pieces of fabric. This is an essential step for creating a truly waterproof layer, and minimizing bulk. That should give you plenty of confidence for stashing your computer in the internal 15” laptop sleeve, regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way. This bag includes a rack adaptor that stays on the rack, making removing this pannier a piece of cake. And the burly tote straps make it easy to carry over your shoulder. This bag is rated for loads up to 55 pounds.
The Chrome Saddle Bag Rolltop Pannier is available in a 20L size, and in the color Black.
- Item #CRM000W
- Q & A
Complicated, Fiddly, Small
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was excited about this pannier-- solid construction, built in laptop sleeve, roll top closure. But it has only been a disappointment.
The biggest problem is with bike attachment. After you thug through using the low quality hardware to attach a heavy steel rack to the rack you already have, then the pannier won't even fit easily onto the mounting rack. When the bag is nearly empty, it is somewhat challenging to get it to slide onto the mounts, but when it is actually holding anything, it's downright impossible to do with one hand, and takes several minutes with two.
Once mounted, the pannier is hard to reposition on the rack. On my standard issue rear rack, it actually won't go far enough back to avoid striking my foot when I pedal, which is unacceptable.
The other problem is that the bag is just too small. the 37L measurement must be with the bag completely open, and when it's rolled I would guess that it's closer to 15-20L. I can barely fit my laptop, lunch, and a jacket in the bag. It doesn't have enough space for groceries etc.
Finally, the shoulder strap is worthless. I appreciate that the handles are the right length to carry without dragging the bag on the ground, but they don't store for biking and they're too short to go over the shoulder.
I love chrome, but this product is a big miss. They reinvented the wheel and came up with something that doesn't roll.
Is the hardware compatible with a Thule pack-n-pedal tour rack?