The flagship of the Arkel line they sport features like a removable tube for carrying your sleeping pad and tent poles, a convertible fanny pack and specialty pockets. An internal aluminum frame supports the load and the full-length zippers give you complete access to your gear. The GT-54s come with a fully waterproof, integrated liner bag inside the main compartment. Sold as a pair.
Height: 18"/ 46cm
Width: 16"/ 41cm
Depth: 8"/ 20cm Volume (Pair): 3300cu.in./ 54l
Weight (Pair): 6.6lbs/ 3kg
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I used this panier and it's matching left sider on a self contained Pacific Coast trip of 38 days. They are heavy, but "bullet proof". They have an inside rain protector, which coupled with the optional rain covers, are completely waterproof. The attachment system is superb, easy to attach and rock solid. The only slight negative, which I informed Arkel about, was the fact that the top outside pockets tended to catch wind and billowed out, when descending hills. I cured this with duct tape, but hope that Arkel has done something to rectify this small annoyance.
Ann Helsel on 12/25/06
We decided to get the Arkel G-54 for our tandem because they were front loaders, and my husband didn't trust a completely water proof bag because of the bath tub effect. Lets face it, in a downpour, water will get in, and never get out! They were fabulous in every way. Easy to put on, and take off, kept out things very organised too. We got the rain covers as well, which I can attest to being rain proof! Our during our 71 day tour through Europe in September we had plenty of rain, wind, frost, and sun. They held up like champs, came home still looking new.