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... with a lot of camera gear!

 

Hi, on our long distance tour we brought a bit more stuff than usual. Things as a laptop, thicker sleeping bag for the toughest conditions, a bigger (more comfortable) tent etc. we usually don't bring for a 3-4 week tour. 

Anyways, on the way, we took a couple of photos of our gear to show you what we have packed.

Here's our [url="http://www.bicycle-junkies.com/resources/packlist"]packlist in pictures[/url].

Hope it's useful! 

 
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Nice kit list and some great pictures too!  A few items I'll be google'ing later :-)

How do you find Vaude panniers?  I have been looking for new panniers and cannot decide. Ortlieb seem to be very popular and have great reviews, but nice to read about alternatives.

Jim.
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Hi Jim,

To be honest, we've had a lot of problems with the Vaude panniers and I wouldn't recommend it. During the 27 month trip we had replace them 3 times, which Vaude payed for by the way.

The back side brakes and the hanging system is too weak and splits.

Working in a bicycle touring shop, we've noticed quite a few Vaude panniers being returned with the same problems. 

They used to be great though, we've had them before and no issues at all, but ever since they turned 'green' the material seems to be weaker. 

Vaude knows about the issues and we hope they will resolve it, because I like the fact that they are a bit more spacious than the Ortliebs (since I carry a few lenses ;) )

Ortliebs are popular and that's because they just perform well. I hope they will start producing lighter panniers in the near future. ;)

Thanks for the compliments by the way! ;)

Good luck on deciding which panniers to buy.
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Hi Jim,

I personally love my Ortleib Roller panniers. As mentioned above, they are heavy (even when empty!), but they do perform for me year after year.

There are many technology advances in the materials used, which may bring the weight down. If any company can do that an keep the quality and reliability there, then they will do well. I think it would be great to see new companies put products out there to keep all the original cycle touring manufacturers on their toes!

cheers Pete

 
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What is the one thing you cannot live without when out touring? For me it is fresh coffee in the mornings.
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I second the coffee! I turn human after my first sip :D
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