Nelson Rigg Adventure Dry Saddlebags
Good bang for the buck
I'm sure Giant Loop bags are better quality, but they are also 4 times the price.
As other reviewers have noted, the buckles and straps are not the highest quality. I have probably 3k on my set and they have always been waterproof, but the straps and buckles are flimsy and prone to break.
I plan to replace all the straps and buckles with higher quality ones from REI, and the plastic D-rings with metal ones as a few have broken on me.
These bags have survived many low speed drops while on the bike, no issues there.
You could insert some thin semi-rigid plastic pieces into these to help them keep their shape better. I haven't bothered, I just throw my stuff in and crank them down.
Very quick to take on and off the mounts, quicker than my friends with hard luggage.
Get these, and just upgrade the webbing and buckles and you're good to go for many miles.
June 28, 2016
It's good quality for the price
I used couple times now, and overall I am happy with the results. I was thinking that I could use this saddlebag by itself, but I ended getting a saddlebags mountain set for my Super Tenere in order to be available to use them
June 22, 2016
Good bags for price
I bought these bags for a week dual sporting trip through New Mexico. They replaced some smaller, nylon, zipper ones.
I think these will last beyond the former as there are no zippers and sand/desert seem to kill them quick. The size was good - you can get a lot of things in them and, when done you can hose them down to get the sand off.
Not sure how they will hold up with a lot of weight but I think they are good for the price. There are competing products that are a lot more expensive.
The instructions aren't very good but if you're used to strapping things on your bike it won't take long to figure out mounting them.
All in all, I'm happy with this product.
June 14, 2016
Got these for a 6 day backcountry adventure in SE Utah on my LC4 and they were great. Totally survived a 50mph road rash with most product integrity intact. Buckles and straps broke, so had to lash the bag to rack, but the bag material maintained integrity and was able to complete the trip!!
Super simple to attach, but mounting system could be improved upon.
Totally waterproof, and we had nuclear rain for two of the days.
Huge! Can pack a ton of gear and with roll top, can compress down nicely.
Attachment straps need some work to make more effective.
Compression Strap across the top needs to be a bit longer.
Overall - GREAT value!
May 6, 2016
A lot for a little!
I bought the Hi-Viz bags as I felt them a safer choice. I jave had aluminum boxes on all my bikes and felt the off road rides were putting a lot of stress on my subframes. Got these for a 3 week ride down Baja and the mainland. No issues with weather, or durablity even having ridden at least 600 miles of very rough off road. The main attaching straps are bomber. And like others mentioned the intermediate straps are weak it was nothing a few quality NRS straps didn't fix.
Super Happy with the price point and volume of the bags!
January 9, 2016
Did not survive a 7-day on-road trip
I bought these side bags for my PA to Maine trip.
The installation was simple and straight forward. It poured 2 days straight from PA to Maine and everything inside the bags stayed dried. However, couple days after we returned from Maine, I noticed 2 buckles snapped. I didn't drop the bike during the trip and the bags weren't overloaded.
It would had been a great deal if the bags lasted longer than just 2 weeks of light use.
FYI, the bags do not hold its shape if it's not full.
I'll try Givi next time.
June 14, 2015
Product offers good value for the budget conscious buyer.
I originally ordered from Amazon so that I could use my store card for the purchase. The item listing led me to believe that I would receive a pair of saddlebags for $79. This was not the case and I only received one bag. Since these should be sold as a set, one right and one left, I knew it would be difficult to order the right bag to complete my set. I then discovered that Revzilla had a set for approximately $120, which was substantially less expensive than two bags for $158. I placed my order and received the set, only to discover that one of the bags was reversed. The velcro was the hook type on one and loop type on the other, but both pieces were sewn on the top of the straps, making it necessary to flip one of the straps upside down. On one of the bags the reflective stripe would also have been on the front instead of the back. Luckily, the bag I had previously ordered was manufactured correctly so I kept it to complete the set. I do not blame this faulty construction on Revzilla at all. This seems to be an issue of quality control at Nelson Rigg. I think that once I overcame the issue, I have no other complaints with the product. It seems to be durable, functional and will accomplish what I need it to do. Hopefully Nelson Rigg will be able to correct the issue in the future. I would recommend the product as a good value at a fair price, with the understanding that it may take a bit to get it right. I also recommend simply purchasing from Revzilla in the first place in order to save some headaches incurred by buying from Amazon vendors who have no familiarity with the product or how it is used. As a side note: who buys one half of a set of saddlebags?
June 8, 2015
The main support straps and the bags themselves are VERY tough/durable. That aside, the straps and buckles that connect it to the racks/frame are very weak and weakly attached. If you don't off road, this won't be an issue. I ripped off a few straps and snapped a buckle off in a very lowspeed tip in a dirt gulley. I used loctite flexible bonder (for tents+metal etc.) to attach powerful magnets to the rack side of the bag, now they stick onto the racks well and I cut off the cheap straps. So it's a comprimise, huge TOUGH bags with junky buckles for a cheap price, Im very happy now that I modded them. they are floppy, cut down a properly sized trash can to fill them.
February 22, 2015