With quality materials and a stylish design, the Lone Peak Glacier Peak Backpack + Pannier is an excellent option for the cyclist wanting the convenience of a backpack and the utility of a pannier. The simple design is easy to use and doesn't have any superfluous extras to speak of. The mounting process is very straightforward and requires no additional hardware; it also tucks away easily when you switch into backpack mode. The Glacier Peak certainly isn't the largest or most durable option out there. But as far as hybrid panniers are concerned, this bag has an intuitive design that transitions well and offers great utility to cyclists that also like to carry gear on their back.
Lone Peak Glacier Peak Review
Cons: Small, expensive, not waterproof
Manufacturer: Lone Peak
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Utilizing the classic hook-and-strap design, this pannier is very simple to attach and doesn't require any additional hardware. It may take a few tries and a bit of adjusting to get the perfect mounting spot on your rack, but we're confident that this bag is capable of staying secure on pretty much every setup out there. While there isn't any way to adjust the elastic strap that holds the bottom loop in place, the hooks up top have a plastic collar that helps to keep them locked onto your rack.
Perhaps the greatest strength of this mounting system is how quickly it stows away when you transition into backpack mode. There are zippers on either side of the back panel that zip down to expose the backpack straps. This also allows you to roll down the back panel and mounting hardware so that it stays secure and out of the way while being worn on your back.
Lone Peak claims that the Glacier Peak has a total capacity of 1000 cubic inches. We think this might be a little off because when compared to the Banjo Brothers Backpack Pannier (1100 cubic inches), the Glacier Peak has significantly less storage. We were still able to fit a 13-inch laptop and a change of clothes, however the relatively small size of this bag makes it difficult to pull off a typical daily carry.
Because of several extra pockets and compression straps on the side, the Glacier Peak Backpack + Pannier wasn't a total strikeout when it came to storage. The external pockets are handy for holding keys, electronics, water, and other items that you may want to keep accessible. Additionally, the compression straps help to keep you low-profile and can also help to secure extra items to the outside of the bag. We were also impressed by the attention to detail on the inside of the pannier which featured a laptop sleeve that was padded on both sides.
Being a relatively small brand that is committed to quality and domestic production, Lone Peak exhibits a great deal of craftsmanship in their bags. Upon first inspection, you can feel that the Glacier Peak Backpack + Pannier is built with the very same scrupulous standards of construction. The nylon Cordura exterior is not only water resistant but also capable of resisting abrasion. And if that isn't enough protection, certain areas like the top flap and bottom corners feature extra support in way of plastic inserts and tarpaulin coatings.
Beyond burly materials, this bag also has meticulously sewn seams and quality hardware. Even on rough trails with lots of overgrowth, the Glacier Peak Backpack + Pannier remained tough and resilient to the conditions we faced. And if for some reason this bag doesn't stand up to your abuse, Lone Peak backs it up with a lifetime warranty that protects against manufacturing defects and failures in materials.
While it didn't perform as well as some of the touring models, the Glacier Peak pannier provided just enough protection from rain and road spray to deem it a decent candidate for commuting in marginal weather. It has a water-resistant liner that is capable of keeping the internal contents from getting completely soaked. However, we did notice some moisture near the bottom of the bag after extended periods of wet riding. This was likely due to the external material becoming waterlogged and then coming in contact with the liner material.
The top flap that covers the cinch-style closure helps to keep water from entering in the top part of the bag, but this material is unfortunately not waterproof. Nor is the drawstring closure. When completely submerged, the contents of this bag will get completely soaked. Though, a bonus is that the bottom of the bag has some built-in tarpaulin reinforcements that help to keep water out, even if just for the ride home.
Ease of Use
This backpack-style pannier was remarkably easy to use. Of all the convertible panniers in this review, the Glacier Peak had the least amount of guesswork when it came to installation, conversion, and daily use. Right outta-the-box, it was clear how this bag was intended to function. Down to even the most minute details, it is clear that Lone Peak thought of user-friendliness when designing this pannier.
The only reason the Glacier Peak didn't receive a higher score in this category was due to its limited storage. While it may seem unfair to knock points from this category when storage is scored independently, we felt that the limited capacity of this bag might limit commuters from actually using this bag during their daily routines.
We'd like to dub this hybrid pannier a "light use" bag, mostly because of its modest storage. However, if you don't plan to carry an insane amount of gear, you could still find great utility in this bag. Plus, the bonus of turning it into a backpack means that it doesn't just serve a singular function.
Listed at $130, this is a fairly expensive pannier—especially if you consider the cost to capacity ratio. There are certainly larger, more economical options out there. However, you can't deny the quality of a Lone Peak bike bag.
We really liked using this bike bag. It was attractive, comfortable, and effortless to attach to the rack. If it had greater capacity and a bit more reliable weatherproofing, this pannier would be a real winner. But alas, we are left desiring a bit more from this boutique-branded backpack pannier.
— Rob Woodworth