Dawes is often seen as a byword for affordable, no-frills kit. But a product has to do more than simply be a bargain to be any good.
Not that the Dawes pannier is a disaster; it’s just you get the impression that they’re hoping its low price will give it a bit more leeway in the performance stakes.
It’s a bit of a hybrid, mixing the drawstring and toggle main compartment closure of the Yamaska 435 with the hooks and crossbar mounting of the Outeredge. Both work well, although the rack mounts aren’t the easiest to get on and off in a hurry.
You get a removable rain cover that’ll help the plastic-lined fabric keep the worst of the British summer out when it’s really chucking down. There’s also a clipped cover flap that has a habit of getting caught up under itself, and an extra – and useful – front entry point to the bag’s belly.
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