The Anylander Pannier is a bag system that was born out of a fondness for the style and function of traditional panniers combined with the need for technology that can handle the rough and tumble lifestyle of a backroads tourist. A project near and dear to the hearts of two Nebraskaphiles, it is an idea that started and developed in the saddle and around the campfire. Years of using, equipping, and fixing touring bikes as well as critiquing and altering pannier systems evolved into productive conversations of, “what would our ultimate pannier look like?”
As a pack system, we've found that we really like panniers. Their usefulness, versatility, and volume, as opposed to recently popularized, rack-less "bikepacking" style bag systems offer many clear advantages. However, when riding the rocky, extremely rough backroads of Western Nebraska, many panniers do a less than perfect job handling the demands put on them. While the durability and simplicity of bikepacking bags is clearly advantageous in some situations, the stripped down nature of rack-less bags (as well as the detailed "tetris-styled" pack plan necessary to utilize them efficiently) cramps our relaxed, easy going, "bring-a-few-luxury-items-if-not-the-entire-kitchen-sink" touring lifestyle.
Over the years, we've used the heck out of many prominent (and awesome!) pannier systems. Many have features that we like, but the overall consensus seems to be that while these bags have proved very capable for traditional paved-road touring, there is a great deal of room for improvement on the rougher terrain for which we have such an affinity.
So after countless modified bags, bike tours, and nights spent discussing luggage ad nauseum around an open campfire, we contacted Scott at Porcelain Rocket about building a pannier that incorporated all of the features that we love, or have dreamed up, in one bag. Scott, and his stalwart companion Robot, were more than happy to oblige, and so the Anylander panniers were born.
Here are the details.
These bags are sewn by hand in Canada by the Porcelain Rocket folks (Scott and Robot), but the frame production and the bag assembly happens here in the United States by the Anylander folks (Vince and Carl).
The internal frame sets this bag apart. Lightweight aluminum rod is cut and bent to shape in house, and eliminates both the sag and sway that many of us have come to inescapably associate with panniers. It's especially convenient when riding off road for your load to be tight and stable (it's also easier on your bike, and your racks). The combination of the internal frame (which presses down and back against your rack as it is loaded) along with a rolltop closure on top keeps your gear from acting like an unpleasant and floppy bicycle appendage.
The fixing hardware is a combination of two systems that we believe to be the most secure for off road riding. The cam-lock Arkel upper mounts utilize a cam system that tightens on itself, so that no amount of bouncing or impact will cause them to accidentally come off. The Ortlieb lower mounts hold a lot tighter than a lot of bungee-and-hook style mounts, are unable to bounce off, and additionally are adjustable to fit pretty much any rack out there. These bags will not fly off into the bushes on a fast, bumpy descent.
The backing is symmetrical, and tapers down at the bottom- While we favor front panniers in general on most of our own bikes, the taper gives plenty of heel clearance for use on the back of the bike. We feel that the size (930-1100 cubic inches per side) works well both as a front and rear bag.
We went with a roll top closure- it's simple, works well with compression and tightening down the bags, and it's expandable. When you're touring, your load fluctuates as you transport and consume food and water, and it's awful nice to have a bag that accommodates that.
MOLLE compatible straps run the length of the outside of the bags, allowing you to attach any gear or MOLLE compatible pouch or gear.
Mesh pockets cover the lower part of the pannier on both the front and back. It’s nice to be able to reach some small items without dismounting and digging around.
Each pannier has light loops sewn above their pockets on both the front and rear of the bags, allowing full lighting options no matter where you mount the bags on your bike.
The dimensions are 930 cubic inches for the main compartment plus the roll top space above it that holds spillover capacity. The weight is 1.8 lb per bag.
standard color is black, but can be customized to any available cordura color that you desire. for the most part. shoot us an email first.