Though the Vaudes have been good they do have a few niggling design flaws (Vaude, are you listening?)
- The side pockets are so tight as to be practically useless for stowing anything but the thinnest maps in them.
- The zips on said pockets are quite flimsy.
- The strap lengths that fasten down the top covers are short and poorly fitted to the pannier body.
- And, finally - my biggest gripe - the hook mechanism that attaches the pannier to the bicycle makes the pannier very difficult to remove. The only way I ever found to remove a pannier from my bike was to give the handle a really rather violent tug. Similarity re-attaching the said pannier was difficult as the mechanism and claws are so tight.
Of course - I've not had these panniers too long to make a decision about their durability, but I'll keep this blog informed as to how they are getting on.