Decided to change the OEM panniers with Soft ones just before 12 000km+ planned trip in the Caucasus mountains to the east. My choice was BUMOT Xtremada soft panniers including integrated rack-mount tool box which keep all my tools over the trip , allow me to change a flat tire on the go, adjust the chain, change brake pads / etc .
I ended up doing more than 1000km off-road and Xtremadas never failed. I dropped the bike a few times, even on some rails in Armenia - there was no any damages.
My only concern about “going soft” was how waterproof this solution is?
So, after 3 hours of pouring rain, not even the outside of the inner dry bags were wet!
I just love the 4 small pockets on the sides of the bags - your daily hydration, the oil for your oiler, some snacks are on arm lengths away!
My final test was a low-side with about 120 kmph a result of wet tarmac road. I was sure that have lost my trusty luggage system, since it took most of the beating! But it was not! After 420 meters of sliding ( hello modern era, you could even track your falls on all the gadget you have on yourself :) ) there was just cosmetic damage, pannier racks safe the bike and there was no any damages ! It was a stress test, which the Xtremada passed and even exceed!
Great job, Bumot!
Keep them coming :)
Sincerely in love with your products,