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hard panniers or soft panniers the question is which one works best so the

reality is the right system depends on what you want it to do I use both this

is the Jessi luggage system and I rode with this through North Central and

South America this is the Mosko Moto backcountry 35 liter system this one I

rode through Europe and West Africa I'm going to start with the hard panniers

the most significant advantages of a hard pannier are convenience and

security these are almost always larger in volume than a soft pannier system and

on top of that because they are fixed in size and the shape is always consistent

it's much easier to compartmentalize also to have things staged in there for

me I carry a lot of camera gear I carry computers I want to charge those

when I'm on the road so I'm able to put a converter inside the bag and have it

there all the time also things like shield cleaning or my

compass those are all in the bag all the time

very convenient they lock down they're sealed the watertight love these for

that there's two different ways that hard panniers mount to the bike either

they have an external latch and lock system or they lock from the inside this

particular one only locks from the inside that means when it's on the bike

and they lock down that people can't remove my painters from the bike one of

the reasons I chose a hard pannier system when I rode through South America

was the security we spent a lot of time in cities and a lot of time on the road

where we wanted to have things locked down and we could walk away from the

bikes personal safety is the largest con to a

hard pannier if you're to come off and have your leg come off the foot peg and

get caught between the hard pannier and the ground the chance of ending up with

an injury grows significantly and if you're pannier comes to a point and you

happen to get caught right on that point it means all of the energy from the fall

all the weight of your gear ends up all on one specific point on the bone not a

good thing this one has a slanted edge which is one

of the reasons I picked this one this slanted edge means that if I come off

the bike I'm less likely to get caught on a hard just single point it disperses

the amount of energy and the likelihood of me breaking a bone or having

something bad happen decreases the other disadvantage of a hard pannier is

there's no bumper the energy if you fall down all goes directly into the bag and

it can't be dispersed through the soft areas that means if you hit here all

that energy goes into the bag and whatever doesn't crumple your bag is

transferred into the mounting system and the mounting system is mounted to your

subframe or frame and in a worst-case scenario you can twist and tweak that

subframe or frame of your motorcycle and that's pretty hard to repair on the road

now let's talk about soft panniers this pannier we've spent a whole lot of miles

and time together and it's held up very very well personal safety is the

number-one advantage of a soft pannier system and that's because since this

squishes if I fall down and I get caught between my pannier it absorbs a lot of

the energy into the pannier also if it squishes that also means that energy

isn't being transferred into the motorcycle where I can cause a rack

failure or damage the subframe or frame of the motorcycle soft panniers

generally have less space than a hard pannier set up however they do have a

lot of adjustability so you can cinch them down so the load inside isn't shift

around and many of the systems like this one has a MOLLE system so you can expand

and by putting bags and luggage on the outside often to customize it to what

works best for you I love the fact that this one is a

two-layer pannier system so inside I have a waterproof liner and the outside

is just the outer shell also this has a large panel on the outside so if I fall

down even if it's on the pavement and grind through this I'm less likely to

damage it all the way to the inside where the integrity is to keep all my

stuff safe and protected your kit or gear on the inside of these bags is not

as well protected from impact because of the soft bag that protects you and

protects the bike it also means all of your stuff inside is also absorbing that

so make sure anything that's delicate electronics and things like that are

kept high in the luggage or to the back side of it

although soft painters don't offer the same security as a hard painters system

they're often much easier to pull on and off the bike so you can take all of your

stuff with you nothing else I found comes on or off the bike as quickly if

you like your ankles and your leg bones pick the soft pannier if you like

convenience security and volume pick the hard pannier my luggage rack supports

both so if I'm on a ride where I think the likelihood of me falling over is

high I'm gonna always bring my soft panniers if I'm on a road trip and I

want the security and the convenience of the hard pannier then I use these one

other thing to think about because these are very expensive and soft painters are

generally less expensive if I fall down in an adventure environment and damaged

my hard pannier or damaged the rack that goes with the hard pannier the repair

cost might be equal to just owning a soft pannier so having both systems may

be the best choice in the end

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