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Reviews of Arkel Dolphin 48 Touring Panniers - Gray

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StarStarStarStarStar Seems great so far

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I bought these as a gift for my husband, who has been using my old panniers that were purchased in 1991. It was time for an upgrade! These are huge (bigger than I expected), waterproof, easy to mount and use. He seems really happy with them, and I have pannier envy.

Cons

The only disappointment was that I didn't realize the smaller front pocket was also a roll-top. I know that's best for protection against water, but it's a little bit of a pain to get into quickly.

StarStarStarStarStar Excellent panniers

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Great quality build! Amazing attention to detail and materials. Intelligent thoughtful design and great care was used in making these. For years I used a German brand but I became more frustrated as the mounting hardware flexed when packed so that they would need to be forced onto the racks.

Cons

They are a bit large and my heel jusssssst nudges then while pedaling. A minor adjustment and they’ll be fine.

StarStarStarStarStar Arkel dolphin 48l

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

I've been happy with these panniers so far, especially since it's been raining so much in NW Pa the last couple weeks. They keep everything dry, though I do put my things in individual stuff sacks so I'm not digging through everything to get what I want out. The extra pocket in between the two waterproof pockets is a nice touch, I put my rain gear in there so it's easy to get to and I'm not opening the main compartments, exposing everything to rain. I especially love the elastic hook for attaching to the rack, no need to adjust it, just hook it and go. It holds the bags in place and it's never come undone for me.

Cons

None yet, but I've only put a few hundred miles on them.

Other Thoughts

If I put a water bottle in the pockets on the pedal side, I do hit it with my heel. I just use those pockets for a bottle of heat for my stove and white lightning in the other.

StarStarStarStarStar Durable, waterproof, roomy and reliable

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

These panniers are well thought out and constructed. They're reliably waterproof - the top of the pannier is rolled down and cinched. Easy to mount and remove. Once mounted, they're solidly on - they won't come off until you take them off. The fabric is strong, seams and mountings solid. Seams are also waterproofed. Plenty of room for extended touring. I've found I can mount them as far back as my rear rack permits, so there's good heel clearance.

Cons

A little expensive. Not many individual storage pockets. It's a bit of a challenge to keep my stuff organized so I can get to it quickly, although bagging items by their purpose helps.

Other Thoughts

I bought the Arkel Dolphin 48 touring panniers when my old Cannondale panniers began to fail and leaked when it rained. I have had excellent experience with Arkel and would buy them again.
Prior experience teaches me to pad the load so that nothing pointed or heavy is in contact with the pannier fabric. Over time, road shock will cause abrasion, destroy the waterproofing and wear the fabric, particularly if you tend to pack items in the same way each time you go out.

StarStarStarStarStar Arkel Dolphin 48 Touring Pannier

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Size capacity
Ease of use and adjustment
Waterproof
Warranty
Looks good
Having extra water bottle storage
Plastic backing
Secure attachment
Very well made

Cons

Handle is small with not much cushion for off bike carrying not bad a thing unless heavily loaded and long carrying
The lower attachment hook with above comment
Internal bolts that hold the plastic backing could concern you if you pack a laptop
Price $$$

Other Thoughts

Use commuting for work 20 miles I know I could have purchased panniers at a much cheaper price. Warranty, versatility, product quality drove my purchase and I am very happy with purchase.
I would buy through Modern Bike agaIn as shipping was fast and availability and product selection always great!!!

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