Picture taken from Carradice website.
The Carradice Kendal panniers are, like the other cotton duck bags, available in black/white or honey/green and waterproof. They also come as a pair.
With a 32 litre capacity for the pair, they are not big panniers by any means, as they are intended as front panniers. However, I use them as additional shopping space to my Veelar Cargo trailer. Perfect for the job!
If you like simple, then these are your bags, with no inner pockets and separate sections for various bits of stuff, but a large outer pocket per pannier; these are the panniers for you. The stiff corrugated boards that line the bottom of the panniers have allowed me to ram the panniers, with milk, bread, bottle of coke, biscuits, fruit, veg and bike lock.
Like with the other Carradice bags, the top of the bag works by way of a drawstring, which with the additional material, allows you to stuff the bag and secure the load, before covering over with the flap and thick leather straps.
The Kendal panniers, use the C system hooks, which which lock on to your rack securely. They are made of a very good quality plastic and just are just as easy to detach for your rack as they are to attach. The bags also have a convenient little handle for carrying the bag round the shop. (If indeed that is what you use it for.)
The C system hook.
When the Kendals arrived the C hooks were not attached and neither were the plastic clip that hold the bottom of the pannier secure to the rack. Obviously, this allows for different types of racks.
The C hooks and plastic clip fit to metal rails that are fixed to the back of the bags. So, if you can use a screwdriver, then you are sorted! It is as simple as that really.
Now comes the price, at £95 for the pair, they aren’t cheap. However, they are of a very high quality and bear the Carradice name. You know that with Carradice you are going to get a great product and personally, I don’t mind paying more because of that. I know that I will be able to use these for many, many shopping trips and years to come, so I see it as a good investment.
For more information you can visit the Carradice website.