Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags
goodbye hard cases
I'm glad I finally made the switch from hard panniers to soft. I have a duffel from Wolfman so I stayed with them and got these bags. They're lighter, lower profile, and I think they look better than hard boxes. The quality is great. Totally waterproof. I've read other reviews complaining about the cost and the fit. The cost is hundreds less than hard boxes and the fit can be fully adjusted. I have them mounted to a Hepco Becker rack and the fit is fine. There are plenty of similar products to this one but I recommend Wolfman because their quality has been solid in my experience and the webbing design is effective and simple - after getting used to it - and they just plain work. I should say the mounting straps are included with the saddle bags.
September 1, 2014
Lighter than aluminum, more versatile as well
I really like Wolfman products. I have their racks on my bike, so their bags were a natural choice. I also have hard panniers, but do not like to use them as they push the bike in wind and create gas guzzling drag. Even though these bags are considerably cheaper than metal cans, moto luggage is still overpriced for what it is.
These roll top rubbery/vinyl bags are durable and waterproof, but also have compression straps to hold them smaller when needed. It's a smart design.
The only drawback is the butterfly shape holder plastic sometimes gets in the way. There has to be a better way to rigidly support these bags than a piece of plastic sitting in the bottom and sides, but not firmly against the sides. If they fix this, these bags would be just perfect.
August 11, 2014
Pleased so far
Have been using the Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddle Bags for just a few weeks so far, and I'm pleased. Only reason I'm not giving them five stars (yet) is it's too soon to tell how long they will hold up and they aren't especially cheap (a decent value though). I have them mounted on SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock side carriers affixed to my 2009 BMW F650GS twin. I did not even have to remove the connector thingies on the side carriers, which normally hold my aluminum Trax cases. This was a pleasant surprise as I thought mounting the bags would be more of a hassle. Though the capacity of the Dry Bags is much less than my Trax boxes, the benefit for me is that I don't have to remove them every time I pull into the garage. Big boxes can be wide and unwieldy if you have to park in a tight space next to another bike or car. So for shorter trips where I just need to stuff some walking shoes and change of clothes in my bags, these are working out fine.
August 4, 2014
Quality ADV saddlebags
I wanted a waterproof / durable saddlebag to mount to my KTM 690R. Wolfman bags hit a home run! Easy to install (lucky to have the Wolfman luggage side racks before they quit making them) They will mount to any racks due to a very easy strap mount system. I took them out during 4th of July holiday in the Mountain area of Brushy MTN. TN. I liked the ease to open and close the bags and I endured a downpour on 2 occasions, with absolutely NO leakage! I purchased the medium duffle bag to go along with the bags. I highly recommend this bags. Wolfman produces very high end gear for ADV applications.
July 15, 2014
Double tough and well thought out
I've used these for hundreds of days of adventuring from Labrador to Tierra del Fuego. I have never needed to do any repairs except to straps which I absently melted. They are small, which is a good thing. I ride a 650 thumper and I like to ride a bit sporty. With these panniers you won't be converting your bike into a big heavy pig. They never leak and I have crossed several rivers over the top of the roll. My first pair has outlasted 3 bikes and shows no signs of deterioration. If I had one quibble it would be about the plastic stiffeners. They will bend and stay bent,which makes loading and unloading a lot tougher. Maybe they can find a plastic with no memory or some such. Great job Wolfman.
July 7, 2014
Great bags easy to use flexible water proof with lots of space to carry your staff.
I use it on my XR400 for back roads adventure enduro rides.
June 2, 2014
Does a great job!
Have had them on my GS now for a month and they look and work very well. Wish they were slightly larger.
May 13, 2014
Good bang for your buc
After opening the package and reviewing the instructions I was confused, but after messing with it for a couple minutes it was quite easy to install and had now problem installing them on my BMW 800 ADV. A very well made product that is very durable. A good alternative to the expensive panniers.
May 12, 2014