They are incredibly well built, and about half the price of similar boxes. Amazing deal. And of course they will soon be as expensive as all the rest...but for now, great prices.Wow, those look very nicely built.
Yeah, me too. Back when I rode GS's they were responsible for making my bikes more expensive than the truck I drove. Pricey stuff. Good gear, no question, but really, really, expensive. I moved past all that long ago, and now look for the most durable, functional and appropriate equipment I can get at a reasonable price. Stuff tends to go down when I ride it, so it just makes sense.I am quite familiar with the Touratech products
Through hard personal experience I can certainly vouch for the durability of the Jesse panniers. I was doing around 65 kph when I highsided and did the smackdown on the Trans Lab back in 2011. Damage to the right pannier was minimal. I only wish my shoulder had faired as well. The pannier did get ripped from the bike and twisted pretty good but with some jumping and kicking by my buddy(similar to Borneo's youtube video) we were able to reinstall it. Once home a bit of hammering,tweaking,a skim of body fill and a coat of bedliner the pannier is as good as new. Those Primus bottles are pretty tough as well. And yes those are 6 leaf and 4 leaf clovers. Some might think they didn't bring me much luck but when I think of just how much worse the outcome could have been I think they did their job.Zega bags are good, BUT.......the beauty of Jesse bags are that they are built like a granite rock, and.....they are not designed to be pretty. They are designed to be a tool on the bike, to allow you to lay the bike over onto its' side, and do maintenance or repair if needed.
For a STREET ridden "adventure" bike, I would go with the Holans....as you said, same as Zegas, but 1/3rd the money.
But for Off-road "adventure" riding, I would have to stick with the Jesse bags.
No, but they sure blow up good when you go down hard on gravel. Remember what Harmon did to my brand new HT soft bags the night before I was to leave with Hoot and Zuma on the Great Lakes Circle Tour? Totally destroyed in seconds and much of the gear inside damaged too.Soft bags never bend