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Ibera Bike Panniers Review

Price:  $60 List
Pros:  Inexpensive, simple design, lots of pockets.
Cons:  Doesn't fit wide racks, attachment clips are on only one side, no zippered pockets.
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Volume (L):  18L
Dimensions (in.) (H x W x D):  12 x 11 x 4
Weight (lb.):  2lbs 4oz (double)
Manufacturer:   Ibera

Our Verdict

This Model of the Ibera Bike Pannier is No Longer Available as of 2017

As the least expensive pannier setup we tested, the Ibera Bike Panniers are a great way to enter into the world of bicycle commuting without spending a fortune. For around $55, you can save some money on gas while getting a little exercise. But, if you're looking to get the biggest bang for your buck, we suggest you check out our Best Buy award winner, the Seattle Sports Titan. That pannier is more versatile for commuting and touring than this one, and only a little more expensive.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Gentrye Houghton

Last Updated:
Wednesday
January 13, 2016

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The Ibera Bike Panniers are a set of two bags that come attached together by plastic clips. The whole set weighs just over two pounds. The panniers can be used as a set for a capacity of 18 liters, or as a single bag if the day calls for less gear. These bags are made with durable 1680 nylon, with orange piping around the edges and reflective material on each end for added visibility.

Performance Comparison


These panniers are great for early morning commutes with plenty of room for a change and all your essentials.
These panniers are great for early morning commutes with plenty of room for a change and all your essentials.

Installation and Removal System


We placed the highest amount of weighting on this category in our scoring because we feel that it is also directly related to the security on the rack. The Ibera Bike Panniers use a more secure attachment system than the Timbuk2 Tandem. Ibera panniers have a clip on one side of the system and use Velcro at the bottom of both bags to tighten the them down to the bike rack. As long as both bags are fairly equally weighted, we did not experience any issues with this system. However, these panniers earned a lower score because we felt the system was more time consuming and not as tight as some of the other panniers we tested, like the Green Guru Carbon Cooler.

The plastic clips are only on one side of these saddlebag style panniers. Our testers felt it would fit better on the rack if the attachment was a more symmetrical design.
The plastic clips are only on one side of these saddlebag style panniers. Our testers felt it would fit better on the rack if the attachment was a more symmetrical design.

These panniers ran small on the bike racks we used during testing, and while Ibera claims that this pannier set is compatible with any rack, we recommend you double check that your rack measures 5.5 inches wide or less before purchasing.

Capacity


Capacity determines the versatility and best uses for each of the panniers we tested. These panniers scored lower in this section because they are slightly small, which limits their versatility. Although these panniers are a great option for work and school commutes, they were a tight squeeze for our multi-day touring test. We were able to fit most of our camping gear into them, but needed to tie the sleeping bag to the top of the rack. This would be fine for a few close-to-home or overnight tours where you need only a single change of clothes and minimal food that could fit inside a backpack. However, for longer trips we suggest purchasing a true touring pannier like the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic.

These are designed more for commuting purposes  and were a snug fit to handle a few camping essentials.
These are designed more for commuting purposes, and were a snug fit to handle a few camping essentials.

Water Resistance


Not only do we rely on panniers to cart around some important cargo, but we also rely on this cargo to stay dry. We placed the Ibera Bike Panniers under sprinklers for 20 minutes, and then completely submerged them in order to simulate potential rainy day situations.

This pannier withstood our 20 minute sprinkler testing and we were pleased to learn that the contents were kept mostly dry.
This pannier withstood our 20 minute sprinkler testing and we were pleased to learn that the contents were kept mostly dry.

These panniers do not completely seal like the Ortlieb or Seattle Sports models we tested and therefore failed the dunk test. However, we were pleasantly surprised that after 20 minutes under our sprinklers the contents were kept pretty dry. Some water seeped through the seams, but we feel confident that during short rain exposure our stuff would stay dry. However, if you carry any electronics on rainy days we strong suggest you put your computer or phone in a dry-sack or Ziplock bag.

These bags didn't keep their contents dry after being fully submerged in water  so take extra care and seal any electrical items in a waterproof bag or Ziplock if the weather turns south.
These bags didn't keep their contents dry after being fully submerged in water, so take extra care and seal any electrical items in a waterproof bag or Ziplock if the weather turns south.

Ease of Use


Although this set of panniers doesn't have any zippered pockets like Green Guru Carbon Cooler, there is a durable plastic buckle to keep the main compartment closed. This is a nice feature compared to the Velcro closures used on the Carbon Cooler and the Timbuk2 Tandem.

The Ibera Bike Panniers are outfitted with bright orange piping for a little flair and visibility. Although there is reflective material on the ends of the panniers (so drivers will notice you), we found that the piping and reflectors were not enough to make our reviewers feel safe while riding along a highway. If you're concerned about your safety, we recommend going with a set of panniers that come in bright colors, like the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic or the Thule Pack 'n Pedal Adventure Touring, or have larger reflective patches like the Seattle Sports Titan.

Best Applications


If you're new to the commuting world, this set is a great way to get started for the budget conscious consumer. These are ideal mostly for commuting to work or school.

Although you can squeeze some camping essentials into these panniers  they really excel on the road during your daily commutes.
Although you can squeeze some camping essentials into these panniers, they really excel on the road during your daily commutes.

Value


For the price, the Ibera Bike Panniers are a higher value pannier and will last quite a while with the tough nylon used. We felt that the buckle closures, in the long run, will last much longer than those using Velcro, like the Green Guru Carbon Cooler.

Conclusion


If budget is a main factor in buying the right panniers, these bags are a great option. The Ibera Bike Panniers will easily get you to and from work, with extra room for a few groceries on your return to home.

Gentrye Houghton

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