July 6, 2015
The lightest waterproof panniers we’ve ever seen are the Dry-Lites from Quebec-based Arkel. At just 18oz for the pair and a capacity of 1708 cubic inches (28L), these are a great addition to any lightweight touring or bikepacking setup.
Dry-Lites can be used on any rack with a top platform that accepts hooked lower attachments.
The design precludes the use of individual bags, as the two are joined at the top via velcro closures.
There are some tradeoffs: no outer pockets and no stiffeners other than two integrated, horizontal stays (per bag) which rest against the rack once mounted. But, at half the price and weight of an abrasion-resistant pannier like Arkel's T-28 front pannier and similar capacity, with tradeoffs come benefits.
We should mention that Dry-Lites also pair nicely with the Arkel TailRider Trunk Bag.
Pick some up today at the Cyclosource store and help us provide the premier tools and inspiration for people to travel by bicycle.
Photos courtesy Arkel
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