Vaude Silkroad Pannier Bag Review
I’ve been meaning to make the plunge into using a pannier for a long while now. Regardless of how well built a backpack is, it doesn’t half give you a sweaty back – not a great look when you roll into the office.So, after finally investing in a pannier rack, I decided to give the Vaude Silkroad pannier bag (large version) a whirl, available from Go Outdoors for £37.99 (£33.99 if you have a Go Outdoors discount card).
On and OffThe first aspect to consider with a pannier bag is getting it on the rack. Fortunately for me, the Vaude Silkroad road is exceptionally easy to set up, with four Velcro staps holding the bag securely to the rack. These straps also mean that it is quick and easy to get the bag on and off the bike – with 30 seconds being more than enough time to have it installed or removed. If you’ve got more heavy, expensive items in the bag, it may also be worth providing extra security to the bag by wrapping some bungee cords around it, to prevent any unwanted falls during turns. This is a spacious bag, with the main section boasting eight litres of carrying capacity (or, in real terms: two 750ml smoothies, four bananas, one pair of keys, one pump, a bag of dry roasted nuts, one notebook, two pens and a cuddly toy). You can also make more use of the space by using the expandable zip. A mesh pocket can be found on the lid inside the bag, so you can keep phones etc. away from anything sharp or in danger of leaking, as well as an extra interior pocket, ideal for wallets and spare change.
- Comes with waterproof cover
- Two interior pockets
- Two exterior pockets
- 8+3l space
- Removable shoulder strap
- Expandable zip
- Reflective details
- Bottle holder
- 4 velcro straps to secure to rack