Originally Posted by oldbmw
Take a look at Hitchcocks website. Admittedly they are orientated towards Enfields, but a bag is a bag.
Thanks.... Still very 'briefcase and box like. I'm thinking something a lot bigger and 'overlandy'
Originally Posted by backofbeyond
It's the waterproof bit that's always put me off. Showerproof ok, but day long rain and then left outside on the bike overnight just turns anything leather I've ever owned into a slimy mess. I'm not sure I want to have to apply tlc in the shape of oil or wax or anything else to a set of panniers everytime a cloud appears in the sky.
You know, if you waterproof leather PROPERLY. It should stay waterproof for a good long while. My leather boots don't absorb water and leak. Nor do a lot of quality leather goods. I don't know of any soft luggage which is waterproof without a fragile internal membrane or an outer cover.
However. A waterproof cover for pre-longed downpours would be a good idea, as you say...
I used British army canvas bags on my Uk-Capetown and they were FANTASTIC. However, they were like a teabag and I think leather would last a lot longer and offer more 'shape' to make packing/unpacking easier.
I'm not talking about cheap, thin leather. I'm talking about 3mm tanned hide.
I'd really like to make some.. I think the leather would cost about £150 though.
The only QUALITY leather ones I can find are £300+ and look like Freddy Mercury's Underpants.
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