It's one of the most popular cycling bags on the market, and after being sent the Bobbin Straw Pannier for a review* by the lovely folk over at CycleChic, I can understand why.
Of course, it's not all about how beautiful a pannier is... practicality and functionality are key! If like me you were wondering how a bag made of straw would work, the Bobbin is lined and bound with waterproof fabric. The material feels smooth because of this, and the inside stays dry.
Three rear clips (in a colour that matches the material - a nice touch) attach the Bobbin pannier to your backrack:
- the locking clip (the one in the middle) is adjustable, allowing you to twist and tweak it to fit either a skinny or chunky backrack
- you can tighten the clips which swivel, with a screwdriver if they become loose over time.
Size-wise, the Bobbin Straw measures up really well. Using it off the bike with the carry handles (which are JUST the right length - huzzah!) is fantastic. The only hiccup for me is that it's not large enough for my MacBook Pro (an older 15"model) but the pannier is a decent size...
Bobbin have certainly done their research when it comes to this pannier, including 2 removable inserts for the sides of the bag which give it that rigid and smart looking shape. In my opinion, this is where some pannier companies can fail by only having an insert to line the bottom of the bag, neglecting the sides to keep it from sagging in on itself.
It has got to be said, I've found it rather hard to fault this pannier. Stylish, practical and thoughtfully designed, the Bobbin Straw pannier will certainly stand the test of time and durability. I will go as so far to say this is the best cycling bag that I've reviewed so far...
The Bobbin Straw Pannier currently retails at £55 on cyclechic.co.uk... AND if you order by Noon on 20th December, you'll have it in time for Christmas delivery... defo one for your Cycling Christmas Wishlist if you have one.
*This bag was kindly gifted to VCG by Cyclechic for a review.