|Out for a week-long tour in Wisconsin with my Arkel panniers|
At Circle City Bicycles we feature Arkel panniers. These are top of the line, high quality panniers. They are not cheap, but when you are out on the road, one simply cannot afford equipment failure. All Arkel panniers include a lifetime warranty. They are manufactured in Canada and feature top quality materials:
I personally use these when touring, and the photo above shows me out on a week-long tour with some friends in Wisconsin (They have some great bike trails, including the Elroy-Sparta trail). If you are going to be doing extensive bicycle touring, I recommend that you invest in good panniers, because you might be in big trouble if they fail out on the road.
I use the GT-54 panniers in the rear. They have a ton of special features designed into them. My favorite is the the long tube on the right pannier that can accommodate tent poles. It attaches with velcro, so you can remove it if you're not using it. The rear pocket on the left side pannier is sized to hold a large fuel bottle for a backpacking stove. I use the GT-18 panniers in the front.
Most Arkel panniers come in red, yellow or black. Many people like the black ones, but we recommend the red or yellow for better visibility during the day. They have reflective strips for visibility at night.