Martin Clower of Golding Ltd. was so impressed by the effusive praise heaped on Arkel pannier bags of Canada, he sought the UK distribution rights. He's now got 'em and can supply IBDs with what are probably the most bombproof panniers in the world. Expedition ready, Arkel bags also come in tandem sizes

Panniers to die for gain UK distribution happend upon Arkel pannier bags at Interbike, Las Vegas in October.

Specialising in manufacturing tough touring bags, Arkel is a 10-person company that has been trading since 1988.

Check out the company’s website for the full specs on these bomb-proof bags but here’s just a few hidden extras: the top-end expedition bags feature tough two-ways zips but should one fail (on a trip round the world, for instance) you can partially dismantle the bag to release another zip tag already attached to zip runner. And the top-end bags also boast hidden sewing kits to make on-the-road repairs. Butterfly pockets pop off and can be attached to waist belts.

The handlebar bag attaches with Arkel’s own CNC-machined aluminium struts.

If you’ve got any customers into top-end touring, these bags will make them salivate. You could squeeze a small village into the 82-litre bags for tandem tourers.

The Ladybug pannier converts into a daypack, with hidden shoulder straps. The Samurai isfeatures a kayak-closure waterproof bag protected by a wraparound, expandable PVC shell.

Clower received his first samples today and will be pricing up the range over the weekend.

"I expect they’ll retail for just over Ortleib-type prices," he said.

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