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Novara Transfer Panniers - Pair

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  • Optimized size can be used on either front or rear racks; built to accommodate a variety of rack diameters from 8 - 12mm
  • Integrated raincovers are easy to access even when the panniers are full
  • Interior mesh pockets and a tethered key clip; zip top pockets provide storage for small items
  • Rixen & Kaul® TWIST attachment system is quick, easy and secure and does not require the use of straps or buckles; fully adjustable fore and aft
  • Transfer panniers are sold as a pair


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Novara Transfer Panniers - Pair Specs
Best use
Bike commuting & touring
47.0 liter
16 x 10.5 x 8 inches
Gear capacity (L)
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Novara Transfer Panniers - Pair

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Rated 3.2778/5 based on 18 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromPolyester is Trash - Should be Nylon I can think of no LEGITIMATE reason to make panniers out of anything but nylon. Nylon is durable. Polyester is not. Nylon is strong. Polyester is not. Nylon does not rot. Polyester does. REI can have saved only a few cents on the difference in price between nylon cordura cloth and polyester cloth. I don't think that is why they made these out of inferior material. I think REI ordered them made of polyester precisely to get the user to buy another set in a year or two. Mine wore a hole in the bottom after a few days of touring. The nylon panniers on the rear rack have endured literally decades of touring without any significant wear or failures. What does that tell you about why REI chose to make this trash product of polyester?
Date published: 2010-05-01
Rated 1out of5
by fromComplete junk One of the clips that secures the bag to the bike rack broke while I was hooking it on for the very first time. MUCH too fragile. I also don't care for the lower clip. It is too big and does not pivot, making it difficult to secure properly. I returned these and bought a pair from [@], and I'm very glad I did. Sure they cost more, but it's a far superior product.
Date published: 2011-09-20
Rated 1out of5
by fromclips don't work on racks Clips don't set deep enough on racks REI sells. I had a pair in past and they worked fine. But it has been redesigned and clips are too narrow to slide completely into regular-sized racks. They will break. I must return.
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 2out of5
by fromBuy with caution Although durable and easy to use, the angled top flap tie-downs are poorly designed. They need to be direct straight-down ties for good closure when fully packed otherwise the top "hunches" back. Also, when packed, the waterproof cover is not large enough to even partially cover the pack and stay in place. My stuff got completely wet and I fought the top constantly in a 10 week trip.
Date published: 2009-03-18
Rated 2out of5
by fromRain cover not waterproof. The size of these panniers was exactly what I needed to fit food, a change of clothes, and extra rain gear for a day of commuting. They fit on my rack easily and it was very easy to access the contents of the bags. You can even access the outer zipper pockets without getting off the bike. The only problem I had was with the rain covers and it was a major problem. They weren't waterproof. After a 15 mile ride in rain, with the rain covers on, anything that was touching the fabric inside the panniers was wet. Specifically my change of clothes. I returned the Novara panniers and purchased a pair of the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Panniers.
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 2out of5
by fromGreat bag, bad clips I used these bags for a couple of weeks and really enjoyed them. They were really easy to get on and off of my rack and held my laptop well. However, after about two weeks, the clicking part of the clip--to hold the clip shut--broke on both sides of one bag. With no replacement parts, KI had to take them back. Hoping to find something just as good soon.
Date published: 2010-07-18
Rated 3out of5
by fromDecent Pannier I bought these for my Novera Ponderosa that I use to commute to work. So far they have been durable, but they are very difficult to mount when using the Novera Basic Rack Trunk with a Topeak MTX BeamRack, in part, due to the design of the Riven-KaulA® TWIST attachment clips. Also, the Topeak trunk bags will not work with the Novera Panniers, as the mounting height of the Novera Panniers is too tall. Overall, they are good with the exception that I can not fit my 17" Laptop inside, so I am looking for another pair of Panniers that will accommodate my laptop, or I will have to use a backpack as well, which was why I purchased Panniers to begin with, so that I wouldn't have to use a backpack. Just an FYI, I did catch one of my Panniers on the edge of a car in my driveway and broke one of the Riven-KaulA® TWIST attachment clips. Replacement parts are not available, so I had to upgrade to the the Novera Klickfix system to fix it. I will see if this makes it easier to take the Panniers off, as I leave them on the bike all the time because it is such a production to put them on.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 3out of5
by fromPretty good for the price These have a lot of room, enough for me to do minimalist camping with them using a day pack in addition. I can fit my ultralight hammock or tent, my compact sleeping bag, a small thermarest, and a bag of kitchen gear (stove, canteen, cup, spork) and food for a few days in them. Keep in mind this is minimalist. In my day pack I carry some survival gear, jacket, snacks. My concern is that the plastic fasteners (that hook to the rack) will break. They don't seem like they will stand up to heavy or long-term use. Also, the bags have sort of jumped away from the rack when I go over stumps in the woods. Meaning the clips don't see to stay closed all the time. Not sure if I'm not closing them all the way or properly, but I think I'm fairly conscientious where such things are involved. In the future I think I'll look for something more rugged. This is probably best for city use. The capacity is what attracted me because it holds almost as much as my regular backpacking pack. I would recommend this to a student or courier, but not a camper necessarily.
Date published: 2011-12-19

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