Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Greg0
Detours Bags: Biking, Free and Dry
This weekend marked our unofficial start of Spring here in NYC. Sure, Daylight Savings Time is part of it, but more than that the weather was wonderful. Outdoor cafes opened up, parks were full, and continuing on into this week the sun has meant the bike lanes are starting to get some serious use. We’re out there as well, and have been happy to have a few new places to stow our gear while we’re two-wheeling around Manhattan.
Detours makes a wide range of bags, but not the sort you’re likely to see in an airport. Their gear is meant for cyclists, and we still get regular use (and questions) about the last bag we checked out from them almost a year ago. Today’s are a little lighter, but still feel well-made and impressively durable.
The Georgetown Dry Pannier is a bit of an odd fellow. A single large compartment holds your groceries or gear, and at only two pounds, travels nicely thanks to both should straps and a decent handle. Throw your keys and phone in the front pocket (which is pretty well padded), and when it rains, enjoy the peace of mind that comes from ‘waterproof TPU-coated flap and fully seam-sealed construction’. Basically, even in a serious storm, the contents of your bag should be fine, even if you come away soaked. As usual, there are a few smart details- small strips of reflective material for night time visibility, and good placement of handles for balance. The looks are unusual- plenty of folks asked about it- and we could’ve used a bit more texture or some options in colors/designs. We won’t call it sexy, but we will call it our new best friend for biking around the city in the rain. $105.
The Detours D2R also gets a fair share of attention- it can simply be suspended from your seatpost if you don’t have a rear rack and appears at first glance kind of like an alien pod. It may look small, but don’t let that fool you- we managed to fit lunch, a jacket, a camera, and some other gear inside. The internal padding is nice, and there is a zippered pocket for smaller items. Installation is super-simple, and though you might not want to throw in too much weight, the D2R is a great way to free up your shoulders for the short trips where you might not want a larger bag. It’s inexpensive, seals tight, and doesn’t look too conspicuous. Plus, the bag easily disconnects and reconnects to the mount, allowing you to grab and go. And Detours offers a complete line if you like the style, from large and small panniers to a handlebar bag. Aerodynamic and lightweight, it’s great for riders who don’t want to bother with racks or larger panniers. Perhaps just a hair too expensive at $85, but certainly worth it for those who are trying to shave off weight while still having somewhere to carry gear.