Currently running these on my touring bike for commuting into the office. I was originally using backpacks for my commute, but opted for pannier bags which made the ride much more pleasant. These bags are light weight, and mount easily to my rack (I'm using a Blackburn Grid). Currently running just 1 bag, which easily holds a change of clothes, some toiletries, and my lunch. The Ortlieb mounting system is a breeze and holds everything in place. I haven't dealt with rain, but definitely a lot of dust, and I haven't had any issues with dust getting in. Can't wait to use these for a touring trip in the future.
Took this on a 96 mile ride and did not regret. There is room for bike tools and food. I did not use the hydration sack so had additional space for a bike lock and food. Did not even notice it was there when riding. Backpacks become uncomfortable for me after about 30-40 miles of riding so this was a welcome alternative. Like the zip pocket in the padded waist belt to store keys/wallet for easy accessibility. Purchased this on sale so the price was right as well. Anticipate using it frequently, including for bike touring in the future.
When I first got the cubes, the material seemed a bit flimsy and did hold its shape. However, upon using them every day, I find they are perfect for my needs as the flexibility of the material allows me to be flexible with what I pack. The larger cube holds all of my clothing needs, the medium is for my tools, medical kit, etc, and the smallest is for snacks. Perfect! You could probably come up with your own version of pannier bags. But because these are specifically made for my Ortlieb panniers, they work better than a makeshift version.
This is one of those products that when you see it online you hope it's going to work because the photos don't do it justice. This pack is THE BEST SADDLE BAG EVER! Carry a little or a lot. Doesn't rattle. Looks very good. And most importantly, you don't have to remove it in order to throw your bike up on the stand because it doesn't even touch the seat post.
I carry 1 tubolito (40c), 2 CO2 with nozzle, 1 large Cane Creek multi tool, 2 Pedro's levers, and a good size spare parts pouch. Rolls up nice and neat and doesn't look bulky at all.