15 January 2008
Bag review: Breezer Year-Rounder Pannier
DESCRIPTION: Made of Dupont Cordura fabric, the Year-Rounder sports the Breezer logo on the flap.
The bag features a strap-handle on top for carrying off the bike; a roomy roll-top, waterproof liner; a zippered compartment in the flap; and a pouch on the outside.
Capacity is 1390 cubic inches. There is a reflective strap on the side. There are two plastic eyelets for attaching a shoulder strap.
MOUNTING SYSTEM: The bag attaches to the bike’s rear rack this way: Two rubber-covered metal hooks fit over the top of the rack, and an S-clip on the end of a strap fits onto the bottom of the rack.
A cam-lock pulls the strap tight and cinches the S-clip into place, thereby holding the bag against the side of the rack.
The system looks like it would work on any rear rack.
PROS: There is a lot to like here.
- I have ridden with the bag in heavy rain, sleet and snow (I don’t think I’ve done hail yet!), and it has proved to be waterproof.
- The zippered compartment in the flap is plenty big enough for a tool kit, and the exterior pocket is a great place to carry a bike lock.
- It’s easy to get the bag on and off the bike. All it takes is loosening or tightening the cam lock.
- The mounting system allows for mounting the bag at the back of the rack, so your heels won’t hit the bag while you pedal. (I wear size 9 1/2 shoes, and there is plenty of clearance.)
- The bag looks nice on the bike. Its color scheme and logo integrate well with the Uptown 8’s classy look.
- You can fit A LOT in there. On a recent ride I carried two bottles of wine, a stuff sack with hats and shoe covers in it, a portfolio, and a binder for business-size checks. Here’s a picture of the load. I frequently carry a lunch, all my raingear and a lock, and there is plenty of room to spare.
- Durability. So far I don’t think I’ve made a mark on it.
CONS: If there has to be one, I’ll say price. It’s more pricey than some, less pricey than others.
Maybe you are paying a little extra for the logo on the flap.
But the price is not far if at all out of line with the market for a good pannier, and there is no question you are getting what you pay for.
VERDICT: Very, very highly recommended for daily commuting.
OTHERS’ REVIEWS: I haven’t found any. If you know of one, let me know and I will link to it.
POSTCRIPT – RIDING WITH ONE PANNIER: I have found that I need only one pannier for my daily needs — the Year Rounder’s capacity is actually more than I need.
I have loaded this pannier heavily and have barely noticed the unbalanced load.
Please note that I am not charging up and down mountains, and I am not cornering fast — I’m riding more like an English country gentleman.
You might hear something else from someone else, but for me, a load on only one side is not a problem.