These panniers have worked out fine although I really didn't do any long tours last year.
I really wish the top clasps would attach to each other so that the bags could be closed in more than one way.
Here they are on my kid's bike:
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I wish they had posted weights. It looks very solidly built, but I fear that it might be over built, maybe even more so than their Nice Racks.
...when you read over this, it seems to make sense: ultralightcycling.blogspot.com/
A&E Cycles of Seattle Washington has a pretty good set up.
I highly doubt your Brooks was manufactured bent.
I carry my bike laying on its side in the back of my Corolla. If the bottles are full, the cages break while driving because they are weak in the sideways direction, so now I don't put the bottles in the cages until I get to the start of the ride.