Sunday, 28 December 2014

Long-Term Review: Pacific Outdoor Shopping Pannier

Pacific Outdoor Shopping Pannier (right), shown here with a BikeBins pannier (left)

I bought this pannier (just one), on sale, for a bit less than 20 pounds ($32, 24 Euros) in August 2014, so I have had it a bit more than four months at the time of writing. Iirc, I got it from SJS Cycles.
The first thing to note is that this is quite a large pannier.
It has a claimed capacity of 28 litres, and is both wider and longer than my other panniers.
To give you an idea of its size, the pannier shown on the left, in the picture above, will just about fit INSIDE the Pacific Outdoor Shopping Pannier.

It is available in several colours, but I suspect that the brown didn't sell as well as the other choices, so that is why it was reduced in price(!).
Nonetheless, I bought it for its utility, not its colour.

I need to mount this right at the back of my rack on Mermaid to minimise heel-clip issues.
The pannier has a second buckle UNDERNEATH so that it can stored folded on or off the bike
The Pacific Outdoor pannier with the bottom buckle fastened.
The bike is, of course, Mermaid.
I'm not entirely convinced by the secend buckle underneath, but my wife likes it :-)
Even when "folded", the Pacific Outdoor picture doesn't fold that well.
If one tightens up the tension on the strap, it does sit a bit more folded,
but it that also bends the edge of the pannier where the strap passes over it.
The pannier can be secured to a rack by using a cable lock through the loop
in one side of the pannier, as shown in the picture.
The pannier is open-topped, with just the strap to hold everything in.
This is, of course, both a "pro" and a "con".
The pannier can be easily loaded beyond it's top (as it the picture at the start of this post), and if carefully packed, and carefully ridden, stuff doesn't fall out. Alternately, a bag, or some such, can be spead over the top of the pannier and tucked in at the sides, then the strap done up over that.

The pannier doesn't have any handle or strap, but it does have a cut-out hole in one side that can be used to secure to your bike with a lock and chain, or whatever. the cut-out hole also fits over the "bag hook" on shopping trolleys. You could pick the pannier up by the loop, too, but I usually do up the strap and pick it up by that instead (!) It is much easier to do when the pannier if full!

The mounts are Rixon and Kaul, and come with "reducers" which I soon removed.
Our Bikebins panniers have a one-piece Rixon and Kaul mounting rail, but this Pacific Outdoor panniers uses a two-part Rixon and Kaul rail. The actual hooks look identical, as is the way they operate.
The only problem I have found is that our thin steel racks have vertical rails that stick out a bit from the horizontal "deck" rails, and the two-part hook mounts can catch on the vertical rail in a way that the one-part rail on the BikeBins design doesn't.
The pannier, because of the two-part design mentioned above is not very easy to get back on the bike while loaded, so I sometimes leave it on the bike, and wheel out the shopping trolley to the pannier.
Anna uses it like this as well, which kind of undermines the point of it having a cut-out that fits on a trolley loop,
But I suspect this problem may be isolated to our luggage racks, and their particular design.
I have a larger-tubing aluminium rack in the garage, and I will see how that gets on at some point in the future.

As to load capacity, I really couldn't say, but I have loaded it with 10+ kg (22+ lbs) on several occasions. Our Bike Bins panniers I like to keep down to about 5 kg (11 lbs), and similarly I like to keep my Aldi Bikemate panniers down to about the 5kg (11 lbs) level, too.

The pile on the left went in the BikeBins pannier, while all the stuff on the right went into the
Pacific Outdoor pannier
We have found the Pacific Outdoor pannier useful for moving larger objects - when it was Halloween, a pair of pumpkins went onto the pannier, and only a week or so ago, a local supermarket had a great deal on washing powder (laundry powder), so Anna put on the Pacific Oudoor pannier and got two 2.6kg boxes of Fairy (the brand we use) in it - so that's 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs) in total.

Comparison with our benchmark "BikeBins" pannier reveals that it is quite a bit bigger!
The BikeBins pannier just about fits INSIDE the Pacific Outdoor one!
Of course, the bigger Pacific Outdoor pannier is more likely to present heel-clip issues, as it doesn't have the shaped sides of the BikeBins model, but as a consequence, it holds a LOT more.
The Pacific Outdoor pannier, having softer sides, is also easier to adapt to "rounder" objects than the rigid-sided
BikeBins model. We used the Pacific Outdoor pannier to move a pair of pumpkins, for example, neither of which
would have fitted in the BikeBins pannier :-
One mark of whether stuff is any good is whether Anna uses it much.
She currently has a BikeBins pannier mounted to one side of her luggage rack, and this Pacific outdoor Shopping pannier mounted to the other side.

A large item can fit in the pannier, such as the
pack of toilet tissue/paper/roll shown here.

A pair of small/medium-sized pumpkins fitted easily in the pannier

The Aldi Bikemate pannier easily fits inside
the Pacific Outdoor pannier - shown here with
tub of chocolates and a light jacket also in the
Pacific Outdoor pannier

Hammer Truck? I collected three 8oz hammers from the
hardware store ("rockhounds" need hammers!)

The cut-out in the outside of the pannier hooks over the metal
"bag" loop on a supermarket shopping trolley

The pannier can also be attached to a
supermarket shopping trolley by slipping
the mounting hooks over the trolley's

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