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Today’s Zinger & Quick Review – The Vaude Egger Pannier

by Josh Lipton

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egger-front-viewToday’s Zinger of the Day is the Vaude Egger Bike Commuter Pannier is only $109 ($20 off) for a week (thru Oct. 21).

This great looking bike pannier offers many great points in both form and function.

On the form side, this bag comes off as a stylish understated bag that is professional yet still has a slight sporty edge to it. The black fabric looks nice with touches of the silver Vaude logo and the reflective vertical stripes.

On the function side. this bag is perfect for anyone who regularly carries either a laptop or books along with lunch, an extra layer or a change of clothes. The laptop pocket is perfect for even the largest laptop and offers sufficient padded protection. The main compartment is really quite roomy, and could easily fit a change of clothes and lunch. I could even imagine loading a bag of groceries in there if it was relatively empty. The 3 outer organizational pockets offer great organization for smaller items. I really like the upper horizontal pocket for letters and other small documents. The fleece lined rear pocket seems ideal for devises like ipods or phones. The lower main pocket is useful enough. It does seem like the zipper actually opens up to much and that items would fall out the sides. I like the organizational features of the two pockets and two pen holder inside without it going overboard with these types of features.

Vaude’s QMR attachment system is both secure and adjustable and the flap allows for it to be quickly disguised when you are headed into a meeting. The flap simply rolls up and tucks under itself when not in use. The upper handle is sturdy for short hoists of the bag and the included shoulder strap is decent quality and positions the bag nicely as a shoulder bag when off the bike. I’m still waiting for a shoulder strap that more rapidly stows away for going from walking to biking, but it really is not to difficult to unclip one side and tuck it into the bag. The rain cover does it’s job well enough tucking away into a very small included stuff sack that nicely stows in the outer pocket. While I’m a fan of waterproof panniers, I do like the soft touch and more stylized features of non-waterproof panniers and in the dry-climate of Arizona, occasionally pulling out the rain cover is not to burdensome.

Overall, this is a great pannier for bike commuters and it’s hard to beat the current price BikeBagShop.com is offering up for the next week.

 
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