I must admit that a pannier for the bicycle that serves one purpose may not be on the the top of the list of things bicyclists think of when augmenting their carrying abilities when on the bicycle. But this little gem has made me a believer. I found it at a cycling co-op local to me, where I spend a bit of time volunteering. It was made by Bontrager. And I will be the first to say that it was made quite well. I like the design and the obvious quality used in its’ manufacture. And it has some impressive details.
It is good that it folds closely to the rack when empty, aided by a strap. That makes it less aerodynamically and literally a drag. The flat and sturdy base makes it open well and hold more stuff. I also like the locking rack mounts, that close when you push the handle down and open when you pull up on the handle. That corresponds to the mounting and removal action quite nicely. The straps are also a nice touch, and are long enough for even a big person like myself to use them. They also have some grips at the tops of the straps to keep the wearer comfortable.
For a rather narrowly used item, this has a lot going for it. The pannier could also be used for touring. I would want to figure a more secure top roll holder for it. Maybe a couple of spring clamps or the like. Just enough to keep honest people honest. But the main purpose of this is to haul groceries. Regular panniers do a good job of this. This pannier does a better job. The flat bottom makes it easy to load. The presence of the straps across the top makes it easier to overload. That is something you definitely do not want to do with touring panniers.