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Offline Westinghouse

Panniers from Bike Nashbar? Look twice.
« on: October 25, 2021, 02:10:03 am »
One practical feature of a good tent is the rain flap sewn over the zipper on the fly. When the water flows downward it goes over the rain flap, and continues down the fabric, onto the ground. What would you think if you ordered a tent online? It arrives.You open the box. You take the tent outside. You set it up. Then you notice something. The rain flap is sewn under the zipper, not above it, and goes upward not downward. So, when it rains the flap will catch the water, directing it into the zipper and drip water inside.

I did not get a tent designed that way, but I did get a set of rear panniers with that design flaw. I got them online from Bike Nashbar. The panniers come with a fold over top flap that covers the top inside of the panniers. There is a small storage pocket in each main top cover flap. The rain flap barriers for both zippers of both storage pockets are sewn under the zippers which conducts water straight into the pockets. I have seen many panniers, and this is a first.

The panniers are black. I inspected photos of these panniers before purchasing. The photos obscured the flaw in the design. I mean, you could look right at it and not see it. I made pannier covers out of plastic bags and gorilla tape.

In the past I bought tents online, and received defective products. The panniers are still useful at least. The tents from Campmor were so defective they were useless.

Has anybody had experiences similar to this? I paid $80.00 for a tent from Campmor. When it arrived one whole corner was torn out completely. I returned it and traded for a Slumberjack bivy tent from Campmor. The design was flawed. The fiberglass pole at the foot of the tent had to be bent way too much to fit. The larger pole at the head of the tent kept breaking off into a fine powder like dry sawdust. Defective in design and in quality. The fabric of this bivy was okay, but it could not be used.

Offline TCS

Re: Panniers from Bike Nashbar? Look twice.
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2021, 12:14:08 pm »
I bought a 'top rated' rain jacket that had neither outside nor inside flaps over the front zipper.  While out riding, cold air and rain go right through that zipper. 

And flat black rainwear - could the designers choose a worse color for riding in low light, low contrast conditions?
"My name is Pither.  I am at present on a cycling tour of the North Cornwall area taking in Bude and..."

Offline staehpj1

Re: Panniers from Bike Nashbar? Look twice.
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2021, 04:35:09 pm »
Not sure about the models you got, but I have had good luck with Nashbar (and Performance) panniers.  Mine were a good value, worked well, and held up well.

Offline ray b

Re: Panniers from Bike Nashbar? Look twice.
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2021, 04:40:45 pm »
...which gets us back to the recommendation to look twice - especially on those too-good-to-be-true bargains.

(Wait. What? You bought a black raincoat for the bike? ...though I know I've made worse investments.)
“A good man always knows his limitations.”

Offline TCS

Re: Panniers from Bike Nashbar? Look twice.
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2021, 01:37:34 pm »
You bought a black raincoat for the bike?

Nope, but I've seen plenty.
"My name is Pither.  I am at present on a cycling tour of the North Cornwall area taking in Bude and..."

Offline DaveB

Re: Panniers from Bike Nashbar? Look twice.
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2021, 08:08:23 pm »
(Wait. What? You bought a black raincoat for the bike? ...though I know I've made worse investments.)
I've never had a black jacket but I have a coal black long sleeve riding jersey bought from Performance's bargain rack back when they had retail stores.  I only wear it under a yellow wind jacket or garishly bright wind vest.

I do occasionally see riders in black jerseys and tights and wonder what they are thinking.