Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier Review

Posted in Bike Commuting, Bike Gear, Gear Reviews, Mountain Bike, Road Bike by Eric Miller - 05.08.2013

If you’re a dedicated bike commuter and you ride in foul weather, you know the importance of bags and panniers actually keeping your stuff dry. This past winter I had the opportunity to test out the Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier. The Georgetown repelled everything that Mother Nature (and I) could throw at it.

Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier Features

  • Interior zip pocket
  • Key clip in front pocket
  • Removable shoulder strap
  • Haul handle
  • Roll-top closure
  • TPU-coated waterproof flap
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 15 inches
  • Volume: 850 cubic inches
  • Product Weight: 2 pounds
  • Capacity: 22 pounds
  • Price: $105

Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier Review

First and foremost, the Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier is fully weatherproof. I had it out in heavy rains, snow, sleet, plowing through slushy puddles, and even dry, dusty dirt roads and it kept everything (truly everything) on the outside. The only thing I didn’t do, was fully submerge it. The Georgetown packs serious weather protection.

With the weather-protection comes durability. The pictures to the right are after the winter of use. I used the Georgetown almost daily all winter long and after it’s all said and done it looks almost brand new.

The Georgetown is very unassuming. Solid black, basic cube shape, and only a few key features. While it’s not a feature-heavy pannier, it excels at almost everything it does have.

It features a single, open compartment design. The interior does feature a slim, zip pocket and a lot of open space. The 850 cubic inches seemed to swallow gear. I could comfortably fit my lunch for the day, change of clothes, jacket, and some miscellaneous items with room to spare.

The main compartment is protected with a velcro, roll-top closure. In a pinch for large loads you can utilize the roll-top for extra room, you just might not be able to close the lid. Over the top of the roll-top closure is a lid that is secured with two buckles. The lid provides extra waterproofing and two webbing attachment points for lashing on extra gear. I would have loved to seen a telescoping lid so the roll-top could be fully utilized but that does add complexity to a design that works very well.

The front of the pack does feature a small velcro pocket which is good for keys or other small items you want to have handy. It does come with a shoulder strap, which to be honest, I didn’t use a single time, but liked the option.

Let’s get to the rack attachments. This is what makes or breaks a pannier in my opinion. For the Georgetown I’d give it a B and here’s why. For the top bar attachment, this was good. You have a single, spring clasp which is strong and sturdy plus two hooks. What brings the grade down for me is the lower attachment. It’s a hook on an elastic. The pro is it’ll fit a wide variety of racks. The con is it always requires two hands to take it on and off. When balancing a loaded bike, this was a pain. I did get use to it, but I’ve used other panniers that have a more “one hand” friendly attachment system.

Detours also included some nice reflective accents on the Georgetown. I will admit I err on the side of “more is better” but they do include some. They also include a rear-light strap on the back of the pannier which is my favorite “unspoken feature”. I love to see small features like this in design, especially for visibility.

The Good

  • Fully waterproof
  • Versatile
  • Durable

The Bad

  • Lower attachment system requires two hands

Bottom Line:

The Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier is hard-working and fully weatherproof. It definitely needs to be in your consideration set for a general purpose pannier.

Buy Now: Pick up the Detours Georgetown Dry Pannier

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