Dear Mosko Moto!
I am a huge fan of your products. I own the Nomax tankbag, the Backcountry 30L duffle (v2.0), the Scout 30L duffle and the Backcountry Offset pannier kit.
I love the quality and how well thought out your products are. But I have to admit, I am not a hardcore adventure rider. I like the adventure look and features but usually I spent my time in hotels rather than in a tent. For the Nomax, the backcountry duffle and the Scout that is perfectly fine but with the backcountry pannier kit I have some trouble getting them into the hotel room for the following reasons;
- They are quite heavy (because of the plate on the back).
- They are ‘out of balance’ if you carry them with the handle (also used for taking bags off), making the plates bang to my legs. And carrying the panniers with the plates away from my legs (facing outward) makes me too wide to fit hotel doors…
- They have no shoulder straps (or connectors to connect one) so I always need both my hands to carry them into the hotel which makes it difficult to carry anything else (eg. my helmet) or open doors…
I have tried taking only the inside (waterproof) bags into the hotel (leaving the outer bags on the bike) but they are a bit difficult to carry with the provided straps (which are mainly used to close them). And I also need both hands to carry them.
Am I missing something? Is there an easier way of carrying them into a hotel?
I think with a few adjustments these panniers could also be great for the ‘light’ adventure rider (such as me) ;-). As a suggestion I am thinking of a shoulder strap for the inner bags? Shoulder straps/connectors on the outer bags? An easy way of detaching the plate from the bag so you can leave it on your bike making them less heavy to carry? But knowing you guys you probably have better ideas…
I hope you will consider making some adjustments to the panniers in the future to better fit the need of the ‘light’ adventure traveler. It would make me very happy because now I am torn between my BMW Vario cases (which lack all the great features of the MoskoMoto panniers) and the MoskoMoto panniers which make carrying everything inside the hotel a challenge….
Thanks for reading this post and keep up the good work!
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