I bought these a week or so ago for a lengthy bike ride. I'd read a few reviews and some were not very complementary. However I thought that for the price in comparison to big brands they had to be worth a try.
In use I found the bags easy to fit and waterproof in light rain (not tested in really heavy rain). They were secure and stayed put on the roughest of tracks. As they are quite compact they didn't interfere with my pedaling. I opted for the bright fluorescent yellow option to increase visibility from the side and that certainly worked!
I bought these (along with many other Btwin products) to kit my bike out for a 2 month cycle through patagonia. I'm not a regular tourer so didn't want to spend hundreds on famous German brands. However, high in the Argentine mountains we got rained on and all my gear within the panniers, including my down jacket and sleeping bag, were saturated. It made for a very unpleasant and extremely cold night. I thought I might have secured them incorrectly, so tried different methods, but every time it rained (and it rained a lot) my gear got wet and each pannier had a puddle at the bottom. I eventually lined them with bin bags which kept my clothes dry, but still meant there was a puddle I had to empty at the bottom.
Maybe they are splash proof, but they are certainly not waterproof, or watertight as claimed. In fact a simple test of filling them with water will prove this! I would also second others' remarks about the useless top strap. Very disappointed. I ended up ditching them in Chile, save me lugging them back to England.
Recommended for nipping the local shops, but not long distance in wet conditions.
Not fit for purpose or as advertised
I am very sorry that the product did not do the intended job in stopping your luggage getting wet while out touring the continent. I will forward your detailed review to our product manager to review the product itself.
Rob Basnett b'Twin Product Expert DECATHLON
Have hoad for about 2 weeks and within
that time the bag has jumped off about 5
times when going over bumps in road and
up 2-3" kerbs.
velcro straps are not fit for purpose.with the
lower strap now broken after the last time it
jumped / fell of my pannier rack.
bag only good if you have minimal items in it.
bag is now useless so taking it back to store
to get money back..
affordable and found to be waterproof
terrible securing arrangements.
Thank you for posting this review. I had discussions with the designer this morning and the the strap holding the bag in place has apparently been modified. The current version should have this improved fastening.
For 2017, the new model will come with plastic clips which are very secure.
Please return your bag to us for a refund/exchange
Peter Lazarus UK Cycling Market Manager DECATHLON
Bought this as I didn't want to dish out for Ortliebs, plus this is my first pannier. I've been using for a few weeks now for 12 miles cycle a day (30 min each way, on roads or shared pavements).
I was hesitant before buying because the attachment mechanism isn't shown in the photos, there are two long clips on the top part to attach to the rack, which can be tightened using an allen key to adjust for rail diameter. The bag itself can be taken off the rack by a smaller handle on the back that I also use for carrying (which I think is similar to other bags). There's also a vertical top velcro strap and a horizontal lower velcro strap, both of which haven't come off an any of the rides (which can be quite bumpy). After the first couple of rides, I'm now happy that the bag is well secured. Only negative would be that it can be fiddly to attach the lower velcro strap, as various bits of the wheel/rack get in the way.
The bag has stayed dry on the inside a drizzly rain (to give an impression I had to wear a waterproof but jeans weren't fully soaked). Found it will accommodate laptop, notepad, medium sized tupperware box, bike handpump and 2 spare inner tubes and a spare t shirt; I can also squeeze in spare jeans on top of these with a little extra space.
I've found this bag to be of great value, and would thoroughly recommend!
Really good value
bottom velcro strap a bit fiddly
would recommend this product to anyone on a low budget
very large and also very strong
Bought a pair of these for Land's End to John O'groats ride. Very god size, adjustable mounting points. However, the top Velcro strap is useless as it sits above pannier when mounted and the bottom Velcro strap came off one day in the middle of the ride.
Waterproofing claims are a bit exaggerated - had 3 hours of rain one day and my clothes got wet. There was even a small puddle at the bottom of the bag.
Value for money
Velcro straps, waterproofing
Thank you for your comments regarding the bag. I forwarded your review on to the product manager/designer and he informs me that the hook and loop strap in the next batch has been redesigned.
He also tells me that the fabric is waterproof leading him to think that there may be a fault with one of the seams. the poor closing may also be a contributing factor.
Do you still have the bag as the designer would like to examine it?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Peter Lazarus UK Cycling Market Manager DECATHLON
Looked for large waterproof panniers as I was cycling Lands End to John O'Groats in April, looked at various options, Ortlieb etc then found the Btwin panniers at Decathlon, Gateshead for a fifth of the price of the Ortlieb bags. Weather on the ride was terrible, snow, heavy hail and rain, but my clothes stayed dry. Good quality panniers!
Excellent quality, great price